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Generative Art by Matt Pearson

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Chapter 5. Adding Dimensions

Imagine you’re a tiny creature clinging to the surface of a large ball.[1] You walk the surface of that ball for a lifetime, until you feel you’ve covered every part of its surface and know it intimately. At this stage, it feels as though there is nowhere new for you to go, nothing new to see. That is, until you discover up, and suddenly you find a perspective from which everything looks very different.

1 This shouldn’t be hard to imagine, given that you actually are.

Often, we meet barriers like this in our work, when it seems there is nowhere else to take an idea. This is the point at which you should consider adding extra dimensions. If you’ve been working in one dimension, try it with two. If you’re working ...

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