firelight (from the Colorbots series)
by Owen Plotkin (2003)
firelight uses static color fields in a way that is similar
to Ashley’s work, but pushes the block style in order to formalize a
representation of firelight. Plotkin has chosen a subject that is
ephemeral, changing, and hard to capture in a static image. As a
result, his mathematical and systematic geometricization of such an
infinitely nuanced phenomena abstracts it beyond any visual likeness.
This piece is selected from Plotkin’s series, “Colorbots,” a set of
works that further point to the automated and often homogenous look of
computer visualizations of natural phenomena.