Erik Natzke

To some, it's a baffling concept. But in the digital age it's as valid to use computer code to create artwork as it is to use a paintbrush or a sculptor's chisel, and Erik Natzke is a grandmaster when it comes to this developing field of art and design. Using routines coded in ActionScript, Natzke uses Flash to generate stunning images. At their simplest, his creations are still-life abstracts, with beautiful infusions of colour and forms mimicking the nuances of nature's own chaos. In more advanced projects, they're in full motion - growing, evolving, decaying and regenerating to become new creations. Today, he's passionate about building applications for touch-screen devices that let the viewer literally 'play' the image. Always thoughtful, polite and very open, Natzke spent time with us explaining his unique blend of technology and aesthetics.

Computer Arts: Generative artwork is at the unusual end of graphic design and illustration. When someone asks you what you do, how do you explain it?

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