An Averaged Menger Sponge

I’ve been doing a lot more painting than posting-about-painting recently, and got it in my head to line up a lot of Menger objects I’ve made since last summer in one image file and use transparency to roughly average them.  Here’s the result of futzing with that last night:


It’s an imperfect approach since I’m just using some rough napkin math to try (and I am certain fail) to keep the various layers approximately equally contributing to the final image.  It’s 35 layers altogether, I think, a combination of paintings, drawings, sketches, papercraft, and photographs of actual 3D objects carved from soapstone and snow and cork.

I also put together an animated gif that steps rapidly through all of those individual images: it’s by nature a bit flashy so be warned before clicking through:


There are all quickie iPhone shots, and at some point I’ll set up a more proper lighting scenario to get better photographs of in particular the paintings.  But it was pretty fun (in a tedious way) to line these all up last night and see the contrast in style married to the consistency of form.

Author: Josh Millard

I manage and help moderate the community website MetaFilter, where I go by "cortex"; in my spare time I get up to all sorts of creative nerdery on the internet and in Portland, Oregon.

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