I too was in Arcadia: Mesmerising digital landscapes unveil artist's architectural fantasies

After being transfixed by these artworks for around five minutes, I thought I should probably share. The handiwork of London-based artist Matteo Mauro, the collection entitled Micromegalic Inscriptions or I too was in Arcadia, combines history with architecture and digital processes.

He explains: "Under the guidance of Oliver Domeisen, an ex Victoria and Albert Museum curator, I wrote a book titled ‘Micromegalic Inscriptions’ about the theory and practice behind my research that I am going to publish soon in England.

"Some of my artworks include techniques of digital engraving, which produces paintings of abstracted 'capriccios' prints.

"Micromegalic Inscriptions are computational paintings that reinterpret Wilhelm Kolbe’s etching 'I too was in Arcadia'; the original etching is currently part of the British Museum's permanent collection.

"These artistic creations, which lie in the realm of Generative Art, do not just reinterpret the mechanical processes of traditional engraving, but being reproducible infinite times and anywhere, exemplify the evolution of mass production practices and the inevitable symbiosis between the man and the machine.

"Thus, morphogenic spontaneity and mathematical constraints are processed by a software, to create new metaphors to enrich traditional paradigms."

To see more of Mauro's work, visit matteomauro.com.


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