Abstract Painting & Digital Art 1974-2004

Canadian abstract artist located in Victoria British Columbia.

Work in acrylics,oils,constructed abstract art and digital media.

Individual works can be supplied either on canvas or on archival paper.

 

Prices on request.

 

When I began to work with computers, I wanted to prove to myself that I could use digital technology to produce images that were aesthetically analogous to my acrylic painting. My first explorations took place when doing research into new media technologies at New York University in 1984. Over a period of six months I produced both still images and animations using the then available computer technology and software. In the last decade, computers and software have become increasingly accessible and sophisticated, and today they have immense creative potential. Features of digital technology that I find especially intriguing include: 1) The ability to seamlessly combine in one-work images derived from a combination of sources. In the resultant images, one finds the distinctions between photography, film, painting etc. break down to the point that the definition of what the image is‚is continually in question. 2) Creating new context through the use of collage technique questions the conceptual boundaries between the original and the copy. Clearly, this process is a continuation of an aesthetic tradition having its origins in the work of the Cubists, Dadaists, and Surrealists almost one hundred years ago. The introduction of digital technology has given life to an old agenda. 3) The ability of digital technologies to seamlessly reconstruct photographic realities also questions the definition of authenticity of the photographic image in both representation and aesthetic. In the work I have chosen to display, I wish to address issues around the conceptual framing of photographic elements and non-objective elements‚ combining both to blur the definition of each source image and the resultant composite. Also, within this very limited display, I incorporate images produced by random generation. Again, the use of controlled randomness was seen in the work of Dada artists as well the work of Marcel Duchamp, John Cage (music) and Nam June Paik (video) The American digital artist Graham Weinbren, has stated that the digital revolution is a revolution of random access‚ the work being the result of the re-shuffling of the media elements in infinite combinations. This new digital synthesis presents unique opportunities.

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