Claudio Castillo is a multi-dimensional multi-media artist who has combined fine art,
painting, video, photography, animation and computer programming into an art
form that takes on a life of its own. He creates kinetic and ever-evolving visions with thematic
variations where change is inevitable and happens before our very eyes.
Castillo has uniquely combined his many talents into a radically new concept–works of
art exploring time and motion that are romantic, philosophical, light and graceful. His
pieces not only evoke emotion, but also create fleeting ephemeral compositions allowing
the viewer to witness and get lost in the sometimes subtle and sometimes dramatic effects of
the passage of life and of time, with the knowledge that it will never be repeated.
By embedding software in dreamlike, poetic watercolor landscapes, unlike linear video art,
he creates “non-linear regenerative paintings.” The end result is a moving, mesmerizing,
The work is viewed on a screen or projected, but can also be printed, recorded or streamed.
He begins with digitized versions of his watercolors, splits the image into several layers, and
then animates each one in multiple ways. This creates the possibility of countless variations of
the painting as it morphs eternally into new compositions. In essence, he creates an
environmental world that is living and changing perpetually in a random non-linear way–whilst
at the same time the internal computer clock does the opposite, keeping accurate time and predicting
natural cycles such as the phases of the moon or tides.
His iconography resonates as abstract forms of water, flowers, rain, sun, vines, grass,
roots, sky, rocks and more. These are rendered schematically and change subtly toward
abstraction. The introduction of multiplicity, chance, and natural cycles into a single
image, and its pre-programmed control, opens the work up to a world of puzzling
juxtapositions of impermanence and ceaselessness. These generative pieces also
make use of Internet connectivity to reflect real-time data within the work’s imagery,
creating artwork that responds to incoming stimuli.
Generative art has been around as a concept since the cavemen when they stared at shadows
from their fires. In ancient Greece Heraclitus proclaimed, “you will not walk in the same river
twice”. Other Contemporary artists have dealt with the challenges of time and
movement differently, be it Calder’s kinetic mobile sculptures or Nam June Paik’s electronic
world of linear videos and television sculptures. Even Duchamp did “Three
Stoppages” when he let gravity alter the shape and movement of three pieces of string
falling, never repeating the same result.
When computers came along John Simon created “Every Icon” where a pixel moves in
a grid creating every possible composition driven by an algorithm. In music, John Cage
created his 639 year-long piece entitled “As slow as possible”. And, Brian Eno
combined audio and video in his generative light boxes displaying moving LEDs that
The evolution of technology in art is exemplified by Castillo’s successful merger of fine
art and perpetual motion. Prints or linear videos from the generative process offer a
recognizable artistic experience, however the “work” itself is never done. In this way, it
challenges the whole concept of art since there is no end to the potential variations. His
work will continue to be created well after his death.