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Alexander Zaxarov
Apr 6, 2022

“Infinite Entropy” by Rafaël Rozendaal is a series of 25 unique net art works, each one with its own colors, rhythm, and scale.

The script is relatively simple: colorful circles drift from the center of the composition outward, getting bigger as they go. The dense concentration of color at the center of each circle gets more transparent as the circle spreads, creating a soft halo that gives the piece a layered, fuzzy feel. The overall effect is quite different from Rafael Rozendaal’s usual harder-edged works, though the process of building it from simple shapes and small steps is the same. The circles look as if they’re moving toward the viewer, implying depth where there is none.

"The way I think visually is with lines — it’s very simple, and very quick; it’s similar to drawing diagrams. But for this piece I was drawing circles, and though it’s still the simple instruction of a circle, I also added a level of transparency that I hadn’t used before. The content of the circle becomes transparent over the spreading out, the further you get from the center. As with all of my works, this one was made with a bunch of small steps — the transparency was just one of those small steps, but it creates a very different visual result.

With this piece I also wanted to play with the idea of emptiness and things being filled up and busy. There’s constantly a tension between where you feel like there’s some space and where it feels very crowded." — Rafaël Rozendaal

Rafaël Rozendaal (born 1980) is a Dutch-Brazilian visual artist currently living and working in New York City. He is known as a pioneer of Internet Art.

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Alexander Zaxarov
Apr 6, 2022

“Infinite Entropy” by Rafaël Rozendaal is a series of 25 unique net art works, each one with its own colors, rhythm, and scale.

The script is relatively simple: colorful circles drift from the center of the composition outward, getting bigger as they go. The dense concentration of color at the center of each circle gets more transparent as the circle spreads, creating a soft halo that gives the piece a layered, fuzzy feel. The overall effect is quite different from Rafael Rozendaal’s usual harder-edged works, though the process of building it from simple shapes and small steps is the same. The circles look as if they’re moving toward the viewer, implying depth where there is none.

"The way I think visually is with lines — it’s very simple, and very quick; it’s similar to drawing diagrams. But for this piece I was drawing circles, and though it’s still the simple instruction of a circle, I also added a level of transparency that I hadn’t used before. The content of the circle becomes transparent over the spreading out, the further you get from the center. As with all of my works, this one was made with a bunch of small steps — the transparency was just one of those small steps, but it creates a very different visual result.

With this piece I also wanted to play with the idea of emptiness and things being filled up and busy. There’s constantly a tension between where you feel like there’s some space and where it feels very crowded." — Rafaël Rozendaal

Rafaël Rozendaal (born 1980) is a Dutch-Brazilian visual artist currently living and working in New York City. He is known as a pioneer of Internet Art.

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