Konrad Tempel

Farbfeld

Farbfeld (german for color field) is a generative art project about color and its influence on spaces, our feelings, and our imagination.

I am a massive admirer of abstract color field art by Mark Rothko, Newman, Reinhardt, or Josef Albers. And in the tradition of this incredible art, I have developed an algorithm that creates randomly generated color matches and combines them into minimalistic abstract works of art.

Release: TBA
Medium: Generative art (p5.js)
Pieces: TBA
Platform: TBA
Price: TBA

Color field art
Two of my role models: L Mark Rothko, R Josef Albers

Colors trigger the imagination and create emotions. And instead of making artwork by expressing a certain feeling, I wanted to use technology to create a random emotion generator.

I am interested in expressing the big emotions - tragedy, ecstasy, doom.

Mark Rothko

How does it work?

In my Farbfeld collection, everything is created randomly. There are no preselected color themes or field combinations. My goal was that every piece would be completely unique and that there would be no color combination twice. And that’s exactly how it works.

But that presented me with the problem of generating a well-fitting color scheme without having any influence myself. So to make the color-matching cohesive, I coded a color-matching algorithm that defines a random base color and then selects colors that are the same tone, a similar tone, or a complementary one.

Now with every mint, you will randomly get one of the three categories: Monochrome, Related or Complementary.

Monochrome
Related
Complementary

In addition, each mint is randomly assigned one of 4 styles: Horizontal, Vertical, Diagonal, or Square. The number of color fields varies between 2 and 8, and there are also all styles – except Square – with and without a frame. So each mint will create a work of art that will be an absolutely unique experience for the viewer.

And btw, every piece shown here on this page is a test render from the Farbfeld script.

Vertical
Square
Diagonal

But why so simple?

I have played around with many concepts and shapes. I even have written code for much more complex pieces. I thought I couldn’t just display colored rectangles; there has to be more for it to be “real art”.

Some old concepts

But actually, it doesn’t.

I have reduced it to the essentials to achieve the greatest possible impact. Nothing distracts from the main subject: the color.

A painting is not a picture of an experience, but is the experience.