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the spring begins with the first rainstorm #109
Cole Sternberg

https://thespringbegins.io/

the spring begins with the first rainstorm is my merger of earthly patterning and digital dynamics, seeing both organisms as collaborators in an effort to erase the human hand and glimpse into an environmental portal.

My inspiration comes from falling in the fountains of the Louvre as a child and sneaking past the guards to enter the glass temple dripping and squishing with each step – from Sigmar Polke’s dispersion paintings – from Joseph Beuys and Bas Jan Ader – from Aldous Huxley and John Muir – from the plentiful and the barren – from the joy of discovery and the fear of what could unravel.

I started with the pattern variable, this movement was first created by dragging large paintings through the ocean until my brushstrokes disappeared and the earth becomes the composer. The movement that emerged is akin to light fracturing through water, the bark of trees, or the skin of reptiles. When redacted into visible pixels it harkens to traditional screen-printing and a web 1.0 dream. When the patterns start multiplying, they become portals to elsewhere, while also signifying a system trying to ‘learn’ the movements of the earth. I see the ‘hibernal’ as blizzards, ‘maelstrom’ as dreams of the deep water and the ‘arboretum’ as lush gardens. The palette variable is meant to mirror lavish watercolor washes while the smokey ribboning represents the winds. In totality, I hope is to blur many lines – constructed and broken down, calming and fearsome, aspirational and apocalyptic.

The Genesis Edition

The first 48 mints shall receive this special edition collection, which includes:

  • A unique print of the minter’s piece, printed on archival Hahnemühle German etching paper, mounted on 16” x 12” (40.6 cm x 30.5 cm) maple board, signed and titled on verso.

  • A serpentine rock I collected near 34.744145603, -119.98518572 (including a maple presentation stand).

  • A limited edition visual compendium chronicling the conceptual theory of the work, signed and numbered.

Please visit the project website for more details about the Genesis Edition.

Controls:

p - for a high resolution (6000 x 7200 pixels) printable version s - to save the image as a png file

license: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

creative credits: Special thanks to Rob Dixon for all the help, guidance and support of this project, it would not exist without his wisdom.

owned by: 0x63fdee

library: p5js

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gestalt echo
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compass
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wind
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doorway
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portal guidance
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portal motivation
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portal scale
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