coding ello

Notes to follow…

envelope grid

eENV © 2014 by revad david riley

revad is the key

eENV / 01 © 2014 by revad david riley

envelope drawings

digital negative large format prints

painting 2017 part 1

During 2017, my real-world painting has developed in two distinct directions. Both directions are code based (of course) and the first direction relies on liquid paint being drizzled over a rough surface. In these early outcomes, the rough surface is created by gluing shredded paper receipts to a gessoed panel. The colour coded stripes are then applied and the paint allowed (encouraged) to run. It seems a natural way to use paint to mix signal and noise.

LOVE LIFE © revad
LOVE LIFE © revad

The first part of a diptych made using a pair of reclaimed framed panels. I had recently been viewing a favourite painting, Like an Open Book by Howard Hodgkin, at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and these framed panels seemed ripe for letting the paint escape the panel and explore the frame. Exploring the primary and secondary colours kept the ‘code’ simple and allowed me to focus on getting the paint to run.


I enjoyed watching the paint follow the grooves in the frames. Rotating the frame for each colour allowed gravity to do its work. I didn’t force the outcome and cyan didn’t reach the frame. The fluidity of the paint being a critical factor in the outcome. I, quite literally, watched the paint dry.


For the 2017 Oxfordshire Artweeks exhibition at SOCA, I had my framer repackage Love Life by framing the two panels as if one painting. The noise created by the receipts being explored by the natural flow of the paint, from one panel to the next. They were painted one above the other as-if one panel, so this framing seemed natural. The horizontal presentation suggests a certain flow from left to right. Strengthening the connection with words and language.


More in part 2…

colouring shakespeare

A visual coding of all 154 of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Each letter of each word of each sonnet is represented by a single colour pixel resized by the page HTML to morph and fit your browser window. Choose your favourite sonnet via the index.

sonnet 106
sonnet 106 / colouring shakespeare / © revad

Originally installed on back in 2012/13.


Description TBA. There is much more to add, as soon as I have time…

a random shifting grid of the 64 outcomes / REVAD.COM #ARTbyrevad © revad


a fixed ordered grid of the 64 outcomes / REVAD.COM #ARTbyrevad © revad


30 unique tiles from a set of 105. The remaining 75 tiles can be formed by rotating and/or reflecting one of the 30. The enquiry started following a social media discussion about uniqueness.

That there are 105 possibilities was proven via some simple maths. Initially, with 8 points, when deciding how to connect the first point to another there are 7 possibilities. With 2 points now occupied, 6 remain. So, when deciding how to connect the third point to another there are 5 possibilities. Continuing this until all the points have been used in a connection we get: 7 x 5 x 3 x 1 possibilities = 105. The rotation and/or reflections were eliminated by visually checking each of the 105 against each other. This could have been done via a computer programme, but as one-off exercise the visual method was sufficient.

However, a Processing sketch was used to make the drawn outcomes. This allowed for many tweaks in relative dimensions and use of colour (or not as here). There are other outcomes from or related to the idea and I will add to this archive post as time permits.

a random shifting grid of the 30 tiles / REVAD.COM #ARTbyrevad © revad

30 unique connective tiles as a grid

a fixed grid of the 30 tiles / REVAD.COM #ARTbyrevad © revad