Based in Athens, motion graphics and visual designer Dimitris Ladopoulos breaks down his favorite master pieces of art using a series of algorithms to subdivide and take apart the color compositions of centuries old paintings… FashionRepublik learns more.
Ladopoulos a bespoke algorithm in the Houdini software package to digitally observe the palette of paintings such as Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn‘s Portrait of Johannes Wtenbogaert, in addition to examining the thousands of specific shades used to compose Rembrandt Peale‘s portrait of his daughter Rosalba. The two digital reimaginings provide a contemporary take on famous pieces of art, showcasing how each might be analyzed as a designed object rather than a painted work.
Ladopoulos’ fascination has led him to create Portraits, a series in which he turns his digital hand to creating new works from existing pieces. “I have always been inspired by both the arts and technology, so I wanted to experiment with a contemporary view of old masters’ paintings. Inspired by information visualization methods called ‘Treemapping’, I created an algorithm that takes a painting and subdivides it based on the density of information of the original painting.
The more information there is the on the original, the more it is subdivided and thus the smaller the rectangle elements. The less information, the larger the rectangle area.
You could say there is a similarity to the painters’ approach of using broader and finer strokes. The result is a mosaic of rectangles that highlight the subtle changes in the color palette of the original”, said Ladopoulos. The end result is a series of wonderful reinterpretations of some past masters.
Ladopoulos’ work marks the coming together of the new and the old, and the creation of a fantastic series of artworks. Old, new? What does it matter? These are artworks in their own right.