“Breakpoint” starts with James Merrill’s signature dense and dynamic geometry, then disrupts it with one line that cuts through and displaces the original composition. He generates an ordered system that is a highly structured composition, then he obliterates it to create new forms. Each composition in the series uses a single meandering line to create this change. Despite the way the line pierces and punctures the original form, James feels the work isn’t violent, but instead shows that order and messiness can coexist and complement each other.
“Breakpoint” is a generative art NFT, but the first collector of each in the series will receive the corresponding plotter drawing created in the artist’s studio. Each software NFT includes millions of other images beyond the primary image for each in the series. The software NFT and the plotter drawing aren’t linked together; the NFT can continue to be collected on a secondary market without the drawing.
The image you see on the main artwork page on Feral File is the plotter drawing for #1/30. Compare this image of the drawing to the corresponding software version to see how the software image and the plotted drawing are similar and how they diverge. Because the artists are using a range of papers and inks, the software and physical drawings are delightfully different.