The computer software VanDeGraphGenerator analyses, generates and visualizes line graphics. We used the VanDeGraphGenerator algorithm to classify and generate designs for mason's marks. Now an extension of VanDeGraphGenerator VdGG+ turns this medieval craftmenship into contemporary abstract digital art.
Like a curious child, VdGG+ analyses line drawings to find their inherent structural regularities. It extracts their design
It can then assemble new designs. Color is added to lines and areas in the digital abstract painting. The interplay of chance and necessity achieves Computational Creativity. The unique approach to algorithmic art uses methods from Artificial Intelligence and Computational Logic, namely constraints and rules instead of deep learning networks.
Mason's marks are geometric designs carved into dressed stone as signatures of the craftsmen. They consist of a pattern of lines and arcs that were constructed with rulers and compasses.
Unkowningly, the artwork by the AI of VdGG+ transcends the work of artists like Piet Mondrian (De Stijl), Ilya Bolotowsky and Josef Albers (Geometric Abstraction), Kasimir Malewitsch (Suprematism), Theo van Doesburg (Concrete Art, De Stijl), László Moholy-Nagy and Max Bill (Bauhaus, Constructivism), Ellsworth Kelly and Frank Stella (Color Field Painting, Hard Edge, Minimalism). Some graphics look like Origami foldings and Op Art, some like stick figures.