A Happy Time/Ribbon Romp

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 A Happy Time[1]

Charles A. Csuri

A Happy Time/Ribbon Romp

1996

Computer, AL

76 x 102 cm (30 x 40 in.)

A Happy Time, also known as Ribbon Romp, is a digital art
piece by Charles Csuri, who is credited with creating the first piece of
computer generated art in 1964. Csuri’s style of art generally incorporates “algorithmic
painting”, or using algorithms to generate shapes, patterns, colors and
textures within a program (The program Csuri uses is called AL, which is a customized
subset of the programming language Scheme[2]). Combining these algorithmically generated
values with basic 3D models allows him to modify the appearances of these
models in a 3D environment and use the algorithms to individualize the values
of each one, allowing for the creation of unique spaces. In the case of A Happy
Time/Ribbon Romp, Csuri used 5 identical basic models in the same pose and
applied an algorithmic code to weave a series of generated ribbons through the
model bodies, giving them their unique colors and structures. Regarding the inspiration
of the piece, Csuri states, “My young granddaughter Hannah was the influence on
this piece. I love her work, and I just wanted to see if I could achieve
something of the feel of her work.[1]” Because of his early involvement in
computer graphics and creating the first computer generated artwork, Csuri is
widely recognized as the father of computer animation and art. He co-founded among
the first computer animation companies (Cranston/Csuri Productions) and established
several institutions dedicated to the teaching and development of digital art[3].
Csuri regards his work with computer art to be more suiting to his methods than
his initial painting medium. He states that the relationships between aspects
such as size, positioning and colors within a space had a greater importance to
him, more the case than showing emotion through his brushstrokes[4].

[1]: Image, basic information and artist statement

[2]: Software information

[3]: Biographical info

[4]: Quote and image examples

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