I love the Dada’s collage work and am inspired by their work. I am having thoughts of changing my original piece. I would like to incorporate more of a collage feeling. Text. Although I would like to continue with a the same theme of family, and women. February 22, 2010
14 images 14 days February 6, 2010
After reading the first chapter of Digital Art by Christiane Paul, as well as creating 14 images, 14 days on Photoshop I have a new appreciation of the artistic value of digital art.
Digital art combines science, math, technology, art and design. It has had a great impact upon the art world since 1990’s and continues to do so. It includes object oriented subjects as well as video and film. As with all new trends in art history, digital art has met up with resistance and non-acceptance by many. Historically new movements become accepted and embraced over time. Digital art being no exception.
Digital art is composed of two types of manipulation, art objects used as the creative tool, as well as the use of technologies being the medium to create, present, and store formats to use as an interactive format. These two types are often mixed, blended, and at times hard to separate. One can create from previous works of art, or scans, transforming them through the use of computers into another piece of art. Digital art can also use the computer alone to create new pieces of art. The fact that one can morph traditional art, or choose to use pieces of original art to create a new piece, is in fact argumentative. Work created by artists in a “traditional” way is now open to being digitally reproduced and changed. It has made it impossible for the viewer to distinguish between what is “pure” and what has been transformed using digital technology. Now all art is open to being morphed and changed. What is real? What has been digitally changed? This is nothing new to photographers or film makers, for they have always used different methods to manipulate their desired outcome.
Reality can now be questioned. Digitally manipulated images of nature can make the viewer wonder how true to nature the image really is. As shown with the moth pieces by Joseph Scheer in the book Digital Art, he utilized the scanner to scan the bodies of three different moths. This makes the photos intensely clear, an image the human eye could never see. He makes it a believable reality that can be seen as an “other worldliness.”(43)
Messages and meanings can be strongly conveyed using digital art. Nancy Burson clearly conveys meaning in her digital art entitled Beauty.(29) She manipulates different images of American “movie stars” and superimposes their faces one on top of the other to create a composite of the whole. She communicates to the viewer the question of beauty; what is it? What does beauty mean in different societies and cultures? Another strong message conveyed by the artist Charles Cohen with his piece entitled 12b and Andie 04.(38) He takes photos of porn stars and digitally removes the subjects bodies leaving just white silhouettes in sexual positions. This portrayal of emptiness communicates to me the dehumanization pornography represents, as well as the emptiness these individuals must experience within themselves when subjected to this act.
I was surprised to learn that digital art can even create moulds for reproducing sculpture as well as actually used to paint a canvas to create 3-d and 2-d art. I believe this can be a wonderful and creative art form, but needs to be made very clear how it was created, so as not to “take away from traditionally produced forms of art.
In conclusion, I believe digital art has a place in the art world of today. It is another medium for creative expression. It has advantages and disadvantages. What is real? What has been manipulated? Does it take away from artists creating from traditional means? It can be very controversial. It is a powerful tool for creativity and to convey strong emotions, opinions and messages to the viewer. Digital art is constantly changing, improving and will continue to have a place in the art world of today.