Julius Horsthuis’ urban landscapes trend toward the cinematic. Dense neon-lit skyscrapers rising against gloomy skies are typical; one of his animated videos, “Lemmet 2584,” is even accompanied by Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack for Blade Runner 2049. But while the Dutch artist’s vibe might come from an Inception-y place, his works aren’t films or even animations. Horsthuis renders his videos using Mandelbulb 3D, a software for fractal imaging named after the trippy mathematics of Benoit Mandelbrot. The artist’s process makes for a kind of world-building: He isn’t so much drawing a place as unfolding one. ARTECHOUSE was practically made for the artist’s gritty and immersive videos. Its new exhibition, Fractal Worlds, comprises a 20-minute dive into Horsthuis’ high-gothic futurescapes projected across 270 degrees, plus a smattering of VR experiences. While the current of these works might not run terribly deep—from math to The Matrix, straightforward cyberpunk informs the aesthetic here—the videos capture the same limitless horizon as his source material. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to Sept. 30 at ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Ave. SW. $8–$15. dc.artechouse.com. (Kriston Capps)
OH AND ALSO
Canadian bluegrass band Slocan Ramblers performs at Pearl Street Warehouse. 8 p.m. at 33 Pearl St. SW. $12.
The Library of Congress presents Baseball Americana, an exhibit dedicated to the history and culture of American baseball. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 10 First St. SE. Free.
In memory of the life of legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin, the National Portrait Gallery displays a 1968 kaleidoscopic poster of her created by artist Milton Glaser. 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 8th and F streets NW. Free.
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