No graphic editors, strictly code. That’s what makes “Generative iterations”, Nik.Vct’s Blueprints project special. The engineer-turned digital & 3D artist was switched onto generative art by chance, so we wanted to find out how it happened, why Async, and what inspired the impressive new Blueprints collection.
Nik.Vct’s relationship with art was sparked through a love of jewelry making, and a passion for creating unusual pieces. One creative outlet led to another. As an engineer by profession, Nik.Vct’s skills lie in computer-aided design (CAD), in particular in creating 3D models. He began to think creatively and started using CAD 3D programs to create art. This is best demonstrated in Nik.Vct’s Async 1/1 “Still life No1”, described by the artist as “still life through the eyes of an engineer”.
While artists and creators typically choose Photoshop, Cinema4D, and 3dsmax, Nik.Vct’s creativity and skillset took him in another direction. “I used engineering programs that focused on drawings and models of metal details,” he told Async. Creating 3D art with CAD software was a tipping point. Nik.Vct had hit on something they really liked and started to create a lot of 3D art.
This artist discovered generative art by accident. He was studying the works of 3D artists when he came across generative art in a gallery. Nik.Vct knew from that moment it was something he wanted to do. It goes to show how a small thing can easily send you in a new direction. “This case determined my path as a generative artist," he explained. “The ability to create art with programming language was the discovery of something innovative in my work.”
With this, Nik.Vct decided to learn how to program. “I had been interested in programming for a long time. I started with Pascal then moved onto Processing, which is my favorite,” he said. After a month and a half of studying the main functions of Processing, Nik.Vct began creating his first artwork.
“Working with Async [Canvas] was interesting. Not every generative work can be split into Layers, so I had to come up with something special,” said Nik.Vct. “The great thing about creating the Blueprint was using its Mock Render tool: it was interesting to see the possible final iterations.”
The “Generative iterations” Blueprint was conceptualized with “geometric shapes, lines, random effect, and metal constructor,” said Nik.Vct. Each artwork communicates with its owner. “The idea is that each Edition has a message hidden in various iterations from the computer to the owner of the token. The meaning of this message is unknown even to me.”
Nik.Vct has also created generative and programmable 1/1s on Async. Made from pure code, “The onset of day and night in the generative mountains” is a black and white autonomous piece that updates twice daily (day and night).
It followed three diverse 1/1s that were influenced by Nik.Vct’s jewelry-making and engineering background. “The rise of modern jewelry art”, “The beauty of minimalistic nature” and “Still life No1” are open to bids via Async.
Finally, we asked, what does the future for generative art look like? Nik.Vct responded, “I am sure that generative art is the art of the future that is already here. I hope that one day it will take a place in world museums. And, maybe, there will be my works.”
Follow the artist on Twitter to stay in touch with his journey.