Ian Clemmer’s art career began early as a child, looking through all the Mickey Mouse magazines for the perfect Donald Duck to draw. His obessions continued by drawing skulls and bones. His first grade teacher already noticed the unusual detail in his drawings. He continued exploring fantasy and visionary themes.… Read More
Ian Clemmer’s art career began early as a child, looking through all the Mickey Mouse magazines for the perfect Donald Duck to draw. His obessions continued by drawing skulls and bones. His first grade teacher already noticed the unusual detail in his drawings. He continued exploring fantasy and visionary themes. From alien encounters to goddesses, from the living to the dead, from liquid organic to mechanic robotic, from sacred geometric to chaotic patterns. His childhood and teenage drawings reflect his style and visions up until today. His passion for visual arts continued as he explored different mediums, such as photography and digital art. While studying design and computer animation at the Fachhochscule Darmstadt he quickly realized the power for 3 dimensional visualization, which allowed him new possibilities of creating abstract and visionary art.
In 2009, Ian discovered a simple algorithm by changing the hierarchy and pivot points of objects. When all objects were then selected and rotated together, they each rotated twice as much as their parent. This created a typical spiral movement, but without any mathematical 'formula' used. A simple hierachy/pivot setup made this transformation possible. It became really interesting when the initial 'shape' of the objects was changed from being aligned in a simple line to shapes such as circles or squares. The spiral motion continued but more complex patterns emerged the more you rotated the whole system. These were magical moments, seeing superflow first come alive on screen.
Just months before Ian discovered this algorithm, he started playing with a particle operator from Khye Khading which utilized the Superformula, a mathematical formula based on the thousand year old Theorem of Pythagoras. After realizing the potential of Superflow he wondered what would happen if you used this algorithm on complex Superformula shapes. With the help of Martin Stebbing, whom he met on the Orbaz 3ds Max Pflow forum, and Oleg Bayborodin, the official Pflow Programmer, together in 2010 they developed a particle system utilizing the superflow algorithm and advanced variations on the superformula. Quantumflow was born.
Just after its completion, Ian came across the work of John Whitney. A last spark of inspiration for his upcoming thesis. Whitney's work helped Ian find harmony in visual art, and ultimately in dig deeper in his bachelor thesis. "Superflow - An audio-visual journey into the world of digital harmony" is a search for harmony in visual art, is a translation from musical theories that can be applied to the moving visual realms just the same. Viusic is to art what music is sound.
After his bachelor thesis was completed, and a failed attempt to start a Company in Berlin, Ian moved to Los Angeles with his family to work on hollywood movies such as Green Lantern, Avengers, Snow White, The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo, Looper and many more high-end commercials. He was able to specialize as a visual fx artist and designer. Focusing more on the unreal than the real, combined with an eye for aesthetics and design, Ian freelanced for 3 years before destiny brought him back to Berlin, where he is now again starting a company with his good friend and business partner, Martin Stebbing. Together in 2014 they created their own visual label, W, www.doubleyou.vision and are simultaneously starting up their creative advertising company with public LED displays, 33TV, www.thirtythree.tv. Their shared interest for the abstract and visionary arts, (and future technologies) has brought these souls back together.
Ian is continuing his journey, deeply touched by life and his children. Studying taoism and buddhism, practicing meditation, qi gong and tai chi, supported by the monks at the nearby Shaolin Temple and the teachings of Master Mantak Chia, combined with the introduction to the sacred medicine Ayahuasca, Ian is awakening his spirit body and finding divine inspiration from all there is. Just at the beginning of new transformations, Ian is inspired to express himself and create artwork from his inner most visions.