Color knit #4 - Limited Edition of 4 Artwork by Petros Vrellis

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Color knit #4 - Limited Edition of 4

Petros Vrellis


New Media

Size: 25 W x 25 H x 1.4 in

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Art Description

New Media: Algorithmic Art, thread, Digital, New Media, rim on Aluminium, Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric), Other.

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Circular loom
The loom is an 28’’ aluminum rim, with 200 anchor pegs on its circumference.

Knitting pattern
In contrast to conventional knitting, absolutely no knitting is done inside the area of the loom. Instead, the thread is knitted as straight lines across the anchor pegs on the circumference, only. In geometric terms, the thread follows a path of consecutive circle’s chords. There are four colored single-thread used: black, yellow, red and blue. Each single-thread runs from one anchor peg to another, continuously for hundreds of times. In total there are 3.000 - 4.000 chords, reaching a length of 1 - 2 kilometers. Knitting is done by hand, with step-by-step instructions dictated by a computer. The absence of thread gives a completely white color tone. The color tone changes with the density and the intersections of the separate colored threads. Thus, a full color palette is possible. The knit is transparent and can be viewed from both sides.

Pattern generation
The pattern is generated from a specially designed algorithm, coded in openframeworks ( ). The algorithm takes as input a digital photograph and outputs the knitting pattern. Over 8 billion calculations are needed to produce each pattern; not much of a load for today’s computers, but definitely an impossible task for the human brain. So, this is a new and unique type of knitting that could not have been implemented a few decades ago, without computers.

Theme and aesthetics
Although any digital picture can be converted to a knitting pattern of this type, portraits are the most interesting themes. Despite the extreme limitations of the design, the depicted faces are still recognizable, but inevitably appear fuzzy and smudged; a large degree of uncertainty about the characteristics and the emotions of the depicted persons is inducted. The first series of colored knitted portraits is based on Raphael’s figures.

How is it possible to produce a complex portrait from such a limited design? Is our surrounding world “tricking” us the same way? As science evolves, new tools and experiments prove that our world is far more complicated, compared to what we think it is; our senses provide a very thin portion of reality. So, our brains are full of misconceptions and false ideas; our experience of the world is incorrect and incomplete. The project challenges our poor perception of reality and serves as a comment to our limited understanding of the world. Furthermore, it’s hard not to make physical and metaphorical connections to the mythological entities of Moirai (Fates) that controlled the thread of life of every mortal being, from birth to death; human life defined by a complex path of threads...



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