A space-filling curve is a curve whose zigzagging lines cover the entire space they occupy. They astound mathematicians because they seem as if they ought to be one-dimensional. After all, they are lines. However, as the curve reaches its limit, space filling curves occupy a two-dimensional space, becoming a completely filled figure.
The curves above were created using an L-system. An L-system is created by starting with an axiom, such as a line segment, and one or more production rules, which are statements such as “replace every line segment with a left turn, a line segment, a right turn, another segment…”. When this system is iterated several times, the result is often a complicated fractal curve. More.
SPACE! The Gallery Show
(curated by the super popular bro, MIKE MITCHELL)
June 21st 7 – 10pm
@Gallery 1988 (west) in Los Angeles
This is my contribution. It is called simply “The Cosmos”.
11x14 ink experiment
Grand Spiral Galaxy M81 and Arp’s Loop
One of the brightest galaxies in planet Earth’s sky is similar in size to our Milky Way Galaxy: big, beautiful M81. This grand spiral galaxy lies 11.8 million light-years away toward the northern constellation of the Great Bear (Ursa Major). The deep image of the region reveals details in the bright yellow core, but at the same time follows fainter features along the galaxy’s gorgeous blue spiral arms and sweeping dust lanes. It also follows the expansive, arcing feature, known as Arp’s loop, that seems to rise from the galaxy’s disk at the upper right. Studied in the 1960s, Arp’s loop has been thought to be atidal tail, material pulled out of M81 by gravitational interaction with its large neighboring galaxy M82. But a subsequent investigation demonstrates that at least some of Arp’s loop likely lies within our own galaxy. The loop’s colors in visible and infrared light match the colors of pervasive clouds of dust, relatively unexplored galactic cirrus only a few hundred light-years above the plane of the Milky Way. Along with the Milky Way’s stars, the dust clouds lie in the foreground of this remarkable view. M81’s dwarf companion galaxy, Holmberg IX, can be seen just above the large spiral. On the sky, this image spans about 0.5 degrees, about the size of the Full Moon.
Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues create 3,500 pounds of Cascading Chains Hanging 120 feet.
Roger Waters performing “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” with Pink Floyd, 1972.
Michael Kagan - The Saddest Moment of My Life, 2008
oil on linen
60 x 68 inc
“The concept is simple. Take a blank sheet with nothing but the basic outline of a pinup girl and illustrate a unique scene around her.”
I’ll probably always reblog this cuz it’s just mind-blowing, holy cow