Rudxane Interview

“Tych #4” by Rudxane

Who are you?

Rudxane, artist based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

When did you start making generative art?

I’ve been playing with HTML, CSS and Javascript to create small interactive websites and art since I started with web development at the end of the 90s. Most of these where just for private enjoyment and I never really published anything. When I rediscovered NFTs after the Cryptokitties boom, I started an account on twitter to share some of the work and minted my first pieces on HEN.

How did you hear about FxHash?

I came across Sam Tsao minting Blobby on twitter. I was working on my first generative series at that time (Tych) and was looking for a platform to mint this on, FxHash seemed like a perfect match.

“Bingo” was your first mint on FxHash and is considered a true classic on the site. Why did you decide to make this your Genesis piece?

I was working on the Tych series when FxHash popped up. The first days the idea was that these mints would only be available for a short duration to test the platform so I created a token based on the doodling algorithm I was playing with for Tych.

“Bingo #178” by Rudxane

What were your expectations when minting “bingo”?

There were no expectations when minting the token, the platform only had 5 previous mints with less than a 1000 overall mints. The idea for BINGO was to help test the minting functionality and see if the random function would return true random output.

On your work “Tych” the description states “Tych is an attempt to bring personality to a generative system.” Can you explain this more to us?

I’m fascinated by the combination of artist/machine in generative art, Tych is a research into this collaboration. Tych tries to replicate a human acting like a generative system, introducing human characteristics in a generative system where each line stroke is inconsistent and the high frequency of repetition causes instability and misalignment in the overall work. Generative art can sometimes feel too clean to me, where in real paintings you can feel the emotion of the artist while watching the work through the difference of heavy or soft brush strokes. For me this creates an additional layer to the work, where I can form a more personal connection to it. Tych tries to explore if I could replicate this in a generative piece that’s created outside of my control.

“Tych #76” by Rudxane

What was the goal of Rings and the rings series on HEN?

Rings is an experiment on variation, together with l∞p, these series explore variation through a relatively simple output where the interplay of randomly assigned colors create the variation within the series. The way colors interact with each other by layering them, creating new colors and effects through their interplay has been a long time fascination for me that first started with my TILES[] series;

“rings(∞) #10” by Rudxane

What’s the story behind “”unfinished””?

“unfinished” tries to question the state of finished and explore creation. Finishing a piece of work always feels very arbitrary, there’s no set end point for a piece of art and it will always be a subjective decision from the artist to say a specific piece is “finished”. For most artists I get initially drawn in by finished pieces of work but end up mostly fascinated by their “unfinished” work; their process and to see how they create their work. “unfinished” is created by building a pattern from thousands of small stitches, where the circles in each piece are created by the omission of stitches. Each piece is finished up to a percentage, where the rest of the piece is obscured by overlapping threads from the unfinished stitches. Some people may like the clean finished state of some and others enjoy the more chaotic nature of the unfinished pieces. For me this shows that the “finished” state of a piece of work is subjective and not the same for everyone.

Do you ever know if a piece of generative art is finished?

Nothing is ever finished, everything is always a work in progress. Finished to me is where I’m happy to let it go and let others interact with the token. It’s finished where it reaches the state where it’s mature enough to make small mistakes to be interesting enough but is consistent enough to tie together into a single concept and visual output.

“unfinished #116” by Rudxane

What are your artistic goals moving forward?

My only goal is to have fun, be happy with the work that I’m creating and to keep pushing my boundaries. NFT’s gives me the option to stay in control without any external pressure or deadlines I have to adhere to, giving me the room to create purely for the sake of creation.

What adds value to your art?

The last few months have really shown me the value of collectors. It’s invaluable to see people interact with the work you created and to see them forming their own interpretation on the work. Since I can only control up until the point of minting, the final result is a combination between the artist and the collectors. Their interpretation of the final series adds an additional layer to the work that’s hard to recreate when the artist is completely in control of the outputs.

“Disrupt #9” by Rudxane

Is there anyone you’d like to shoutout?

Too many people to start naming them here individually! But a special shoutout to ciphrd for creating fx(hash), it’s incredible to see how many artists have been enabled to make money from their work and the amount of people interested in generative art this has drawn into the platform.

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