William Mapan

Art has always been a part of William Mapan’s scenery, only he just didn’t realize it. Big classrooms with a teacher reciting his literature to a hundred of students was not, so to speak, his thing. He eventually became a “creative developer” to combine different skills in his day-to-day work. Five years later, he naturally came back to art and, suddenly, the teachings he previously received took on a full meaning! Still today, he considers himself a beginner artist who lacks some knowledge… A passionate creator who always grows and reflects on his art .

The organic shapes of William Mapan evoke a particular materiality and texture, thus bringing viewers to stop and wonder. What inspirations? What means of creation? Far from the rigid aesthetic sometimes expected of generative art, his
works have a sinuous fluidity and dynamism that seamlessly captures the analog world. In rhythm, in color, in shape. Dragons (2021) on Tezos and Anticyclone (2021) on Ethereum are two remarkable series from Mapan which illustrate his unique ability to represent emotions through coding.

Later, during his solo exhibit titled “Compute: Sinking Patterns”, he illustrated the dialog between man and machine, by basing himself off the childhood memory of a bursting fountain pen. To this end, Mapan used Javascript and created a series of 8 unique NFTs. Pieces that recreated indelible blue ink stains on white pages. Uncontrolled patterns, like an allegory of the random, fundamental character of generative art. Always negotiating with what can be controlled and what cannot, the generative artist sets the parameters and guides the algorithm, but always lets the computer have its final say and complete the artwork.

Constantly oscillating between organic and systemic, Mapan creates
thought-provoking artworks.