We spend all day online in a seemingly endless loop. We explore many areas of the Web, but much of our regular activity is on the most popular sites, such as Gmail, Facebook, New York Times, Reddit. We click and scroll, click and scroll, and while the UI on these sites is carefully optimized for the reader experience, most websites are not inherently beautiful—until artist Rafaël Rozendaal examines them.
In 2014 he created Abstract Browsing, a Chrome plugin that turns websites into colorful abstract renderings using a 10-color palette. The New York Times site becomes a colorful collection of squares and rectangles; a Google search page of kitten images becomes a gorgeous checkered screen. You can check it out his archive of the most beautiful renderings here. (Warning: It’s a little addicting.)
Now he is taking these online renderings into the real world. In his new exhibit at the Steve Turner gallery in Los Angeles, Rozendaal has turned his abstract interpretations of the most popular websites into jacquard woven tapestries. The large-scale, brightly colored pieces show us a vibrant and beautiful Web—that could easily pass for anything else if you didn’t know what you were actually looking at.
“He looks for unusual compositions—those that an artist would not have made—and aims to discover ‘weird hybrids of human design and machine optimizing.’ He likens pixels on a computer screen to stitches on a weaving and uses bright colors to achieve maximum impact,” the gallery says .
Inspired? Here’s some more stuff you might like:
- Turn your Instagram feed into an abstract print with this app.
- Check out this interactive timeline of browser history.
- Use this twitter bot to turn pictures into abstract works of art.
- Meet the French street artist making boring buildings beautiful.
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