Ryan Hoover


The Arborescent Algorithms series operates at the intersection of nature and code. These tree forms are created by an algorithm that the artist has written to simulate natural growth patterns. A practically infinite number of unique trees can be made, and the inputs to the system can be adjusted to simulate a wide range of species. In addition to creating lovely forms, this process is designed to explore the degree to which natural systems can be coded. This work serves as research for the ongoing bio-printing project which aims to print with tree cells. Operating at a degree of abstraction, this series also explores the idea of writing or rewriting natural code through genetic modification.

The sculptures in this series are made by 3D printing the generated forms in nylon. The wall-mounted platforms are all made via CNC milling. The drawings are etched into walnut plywood with a laser cutter, then the etched areas are in- filled with paint.