Erik Brisson develops processes for production of form, pattern, and texture, in pursuit of the mysterious at the intersection of art and mathematics.
Abstract images composed of mathematically defined shapes are created using computer programs written by the artist specifically for that purpose. Variations in the images are obtained by making changes to the algorithms and parameters in the computer code. Recent work has incorporated found images, juxtaposing contrasting color palettes, subject matter, and temporal contexts. The back-and-forth between tool creation and application gives rise to an exploration of new visual spaces and serendipitous surprises. The results are rendered as drawings, paintings, mixed media objects, or digital images. Some digital images are produced as unique pieces, others as limited editions. Digital prints are produced by Erik in the studio on Epson R2400 and R7600 printers using archival inks and paper.
Brisson currently works as a Developer and Technology Advisor at nTopology, Inc. in New York City. Prior to this he was a Research Scientist at the Boston University Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology. He served as Associate Director of B. U.'s Scientific Computing and Visualization Group, as Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Amherst College and Wellesley College, and has worked in several high-tech startups. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of California, San Diego, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle.