Art in a New Year


Massachusetts Institute of Technology


January 2, 2021

I have not made resolutions for this year1. I have instead spent that time playing with patterns on a canvas. It’s been a while since I wanted to have some time to do generative art using geometric figures and I finally got down to it on the very first day of this year. I found a fountain of joy after just a few hours of tinkering, something inside tells me this could be a new New Year’s tradition for me.

I started out with a simple form like a hexagon and started looking for patterns that were appealing to me, like the color palette.

Something that I like about generative art is that I’m not in control, it’s a discovery process. I just set a few rules and pleasant aesthetics appear before me. The patterns might appear by design, but often they are the result of a benign error that created something beautiful. After tinkering with these patterns for a bit, I arrived at these new forms. They take me to a special place.

I have selected some of the results that I like the most below.


  1. Well, at least not in the classical way, mostly just wishing we could get back to normal life sometime before 2022.↩︎



BibTeX citation:
  author = {Andina, Matias},
  title = {Art in a {New} {Year}},
  date = {2021-01-02},
  url = {},
  langid = {en}
For attribution, please cite this work as:
Andina, Matias. 2021. “Art in a New Year.” January 2, 2021.

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