At the heart of each work by Hobbs is a process: a crafted combination of precise computational structure and unpredictable randomness. That messy meeting point between order and chaos is fuel for emergence - the opportunity for something new to occur that even the artist had not imagined. The speed and power of the algorithm are utilised for their new territorial reach. After all, code is already pushing everything else onto these new grounds. What other new experiences can computation reveal?
Rather than divorcing from natural and traditional forms, Hobbs chooses to use the algorithm as a tool for their analysis. Systematically speaking, what makes something feel natural instead of digital? Why do errors, flaws, and unexpected extrusions enable our acceptance and sense of wonder? In what ways does the computer tend to favour the strict and unbending, and where might its propensity for massive randomness be capitalised for deep aesthetic exploration? Lessons learned from the artistic examination of these areas can make our digital existence more comfortable, or at least more interesting.
Hobbs often traverses the digital and physical divide with these questions in mind. Generative designs may take physical form via the plotter, a simple but precise method of robotic drawing and painting. These are often accompanied by hand-drawn marks around which algorithmic structures coalesce. These different sources of structure, different sources of error, different biases and aesthetic tendencies all coexist - not to highlight their differences, but rather to illuminate the complex story of our own lives as we slowly transition deeper into the digital landscape.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Tyler Hobbs (b.1987) is a visual artist from Austin, Texas. His work focuses on computational aesthetics, how they are shaped by the biases of modern computer hardware and software, and how they relate to and interact with the natural world around us. By taking a generative approach to art making, his work also explores the possibilities of creation at scale and the powers of emergence.
Hobbs' most notable project, Fidenza, is a series of 999 algorithmically generated works comprising one of the most sought-after fine art NFT collections of all time. His drawings, paintings, and digital works have been privately collected around the world. In 2021, Hobbs was part of the group exhibition, titled Transformations, at Unit London. He has presented two solo exhibitions, Progress (2018) at Galería Dos Topos in León, Mexico, and Incomplete Control (2021) at Bright Moments Gallery in Manhattan, New York. Additionally, his work was included in a Christie’s auction in 2021, and a Sotheby’s auction in 2022. Hobbs holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.