SHOW STATEMENT BY PYGOYA
FOR 2004 CHE PASTA CAFE SOLO EXHIBIT, HONOLULU, HAWAII
(CHE PASTA CAFE IS PART OF THE DESIGNATED STOPS ON THE POPULAR MONTHLY "FIRST FRIDAYS" GALLERIES TOUR MAP OF HONOLULU, SPONSORED BY THE GOVERNMENT)
MEET THE ARTIST, 1ST FRIDAY, JULY 2, 5-8PM
This show is the printed version of the 2004 online interactive show at www.lastplace.com/DestinationHawaii by the World Wide Webists and their Webism
I feel comfortable with the expression of my distant
Asian roots in my art. "Bamboo" displays my love for drawing, etching,
inks, and papers. It's a wonderful feeling to be able to capture my traditional
artistic sensitivity in digital for all to see. The art medium inspiration is
note: full screen size of all works in this show
at online original version, uploaded June 2004
But with a new modality to express the historic
past, why not make something new? For example, "Webist's Figure
Study." Hopefully many will acknowledge the capturing of a new vision of
the female torso, sculpted out of pixels! The art historical passion is derived
from German Expressionism.
Even more challenging than massaging clumps of
pixels into human figures is to invent something really new to YOUR eyes.
Interaction with other digital artists abroad inspired "Webists Convergence
of the Minds." The art medium suggested is sculptural organic forms..
I include "Venice Eclipsed," of which the
original (digital) is in the global "Celebrating Venus' Transit 2004"
online exhibition via www.artingrid.de. The Internet exhibit provides a platform
for worldwide artistic expression of the rare eclipse. This Webist piece
is my surreal dream of Venus figures in repose in eclipsed sun light, adding an
eeriness to an otherwise romantic statement associating "Venus," the
ancient Greek marble sculpture, with this year's space phenomenon of the rare
eclipse. The historical art precedents are Surrealism and the medium of oil
We move on to my personal utopia, outside the crowding of the big city. Come with me to "Paradise," for me a jungle requiring no maintenance, bathed in the soothing warmth of tropical light. It is intended to be an original Internet art piece, residing at www.lastplace.com/DestinationHawaii/webart.htm. But here, offered as a limited edition collectible, it can be visible on real walls. The art medium relative is watercolor painting.
With also the lens of the sculptor (x-bronze and ceramic enthusiast), digitals are used in "Focused Through Webism" to add a materiality to the simulated paint quality. Then add the local boy's fond memories of fishing trips past and stormy seas and the composite is the art. Therefore this piece is both Hawaiiana and of the higher order of omnipresent Webism. The art media references include stain glass, painting, and 80's software with the outline "jaggies" yet visible during this first generation of crude consumer graphics programs. I did many paintings highlighting the jaggies as an intrinsic aesthetic of early "computer" (before the term "digital" replaced it) fine art.
The rainbows of Hawaii are as prismatic and chroma saturated as anyplace else on the planet. This is due to our bright tropical sun, the reflection of the blue sea, and diffraction of light from moisture in the atmosphere. But by using digitals for Webism sake, I give you "Rainbow Forest." Here is a softer and more perfuse interpretation of the blend of rain, forest, and light -as a Web work of art. Previous work in lithography and calligraphy add to the cumulative effect of the piece.
But I also like to take you up close to my new surfaces, discovered by experimenting with graphic software. Enjoy "Big Island Erupting." A sense of organic sculpture, painting, and floral photography stimulates the eye.
Or maybe you prefer a less in-your-face confrontation piece but one that conjures a more relaxing mood - like "Sunrise at Mauna Loa Estates, Volcano." The simulation of watercolor washes to create convincing illuminosity adds tranquility and depth to the work.
Or venture into "Fern Forest," always attracting me like a moth to the flame. A place to get lost in, to escape everything and everybody, to be back with nature. For me that would be VolcanoVillage, Puna, perched on the tip of a presently erupting volcano (which makes for a good price for the lot), but on the side where lava hasn't flowed recently, and existing long enough to have sprouted this rain forest (surveyed and sold by realtors) nestled in the clouds. With still no water or utilities you literally live off the volcano. You capture its rain to bathe in, you plant fruits and vegetables nourished in its lava, transformed into soil from thousands of years of climatic milling. Antecedent to this digital artwork is acrylic painting, now traditional by comparison.
Kilauea Volcano also provides a spectacle of natural power, exploding molted rock spilling into scalded coastal waters, such as in "Look for Pele." For you who are not from here, that's the ancient Hawaiian's goddess of volcanic wrath. Some say her face has been seen looking back from within the flowing lava. Take a chunk of lava as a souvenir and one is cursed. Effects in this artwork could be copied in gouache watercolor painting.
Such an eye for our natural forms and forces helps me invent my digital original for the Web simulation of a watercolor. And I am not ashame to state that "Volcano Village" satisfies me as much as other "masterpieces" declared to me by art historians and critics. As former bronze sculptor and lover of lava rock expression and textures, I attempt to create a bonding aesthetic of volcanic black lava, the subsequent rain forest, and the power of digital light to pull it all together. I dedicate this watercolor, " Volcano Village," to the Academy of Arts who continues to reject me as an official "Artist of Hawaii," for over a decade now. It doesn't bother me anymore, being 3-10 (3 acceptances, 10 rejections) since 1985. You're in, you're out, then you're in, then you're out again... , you're a recognized tribute to local culture, then you're not worthy to be included among the chosen... oh what does it ever mean anyway? Ever wonder why artists can be so emotionally up and down? And I cannot forget the reply in 1998 from the Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu, to my offer to volunteer to build their Web site, after having completed that for the Las Vegas Art Museum upon the curator's request: "We're not interested in doing something with the Internet at this time (and don't bother to leave your contact information)." It seemed to me at the time not to be a very "contemporary" attitude. My Truly Virtual Web Art Museum at www.lastplace.com was reaching out to the world with the mission of displaying new digital Hawaii art, even as the local 'edge' museum chose to remain offline for some time thereafter. I kick myself for not then and there registering contemporarymuseum.org! The original digital image that is the original "Volcano Village" remains "hung" in Pygoya Art Museum on the Internet, as part of the "private collection" of the artist. A custom program tracks downloading pirates so beware of copyright enforcement!
But without the subjection to institutional judgment and rejection equating to public censorship, how about a "New Tropical Garden" escape into a Hawaiian's cyber-view of online tropical cyberspace. Of course you can see the Hawaiian environment influence on this imaginary place that exists for me as a regular Web surfer. It would take a master of watercolor and pastels to replicate this digital with similar visual resonance and clarity. I am proud to have rendered this image without a brush.
"North Shore" kindles a more "laid back" and surfing subculture of these islands. There is the soft sensual sunset glow that all surfers know, one that provides a veil of serenity and the promise of challenging waves to conquer. I dedicate this piece to Larry Lovett, my long time friend and practicing artist, who resides there and manages to eek out a living through his art. "North Shore" would complement and be perfectly at home in any art show limited to watercolors.
Beyond North Shore is the rough waters circulating from the North, where temperamental seas add to the drama of "hook up" to huge finned predators. I give you "On the Edge of Cyberspace," providing a feel for such treacherous sea conditions. I do hint at "the old man and the sea" fable. Here isinnovative art in a new context that garners instant world exposure. New 3-dimensional space is discovered here, especially as the ocean seems to spill over the bottom edge of the print. As a stretch for historical art relevance, the composition echoes the exploratory spirit of Cubism. The human figure on the right border draws upon my love for the stone and bronze sculpture of Modernist Henry Moore.
Besides this print show made into an a lesson on abstract art, I present the featured "Webism's Figure Study in Cyberspace." This vision, transformed from digital to paint-on-canvas (it's a hand painted oil on canvas), came after my 1st European Web Art Tour (2004). It captures my feeling of "Old Europe" masters preserved in classical museum spaces (Frankfurt, Vienna, Budapest, Paris). Through the assistance of a computer I give you a cyber-based and contrived digital figure, with the Old European palette and with respect for the aesthetic climate of the time. This work is a one-of-a-kind, made-by-hand rendition of the original digital that joins with other artists' website pages to build an online global multi-national perspective and vision of the world. Online art has no boundaries.
Webism's Figure Study in Cyberspace
The Webists' art, a growing repertoire of Internet art, deserves to be kept perpetually wired on dedicated servers for its historical significance and posterity. It represents a body of work available on your desktop that provides evidence that we, as represented by our artists, can all live and work together in harmony.
For "Destination Hawaii" contribution to wired
global network for cyber culture.
Pygoya, copyright 2004
to World Entry and Introduction to
online "Destination Hawaii"
to the grouped pages from different Web sites into a network linked show
to Pygoya's section, the local Hawaiian's contribution to the Internet art show
to Truly Virtual Web Art Museum, who houses this network show
to learn more about the Webism and other Webist projects
Titles of works by Pygoya in "Destination Hawaii"
FEATURED NEW OIL PAINTING
WEBISM'S FIGURE STUDY IN CYBERSPACE, OIL ON CANVAS,
EDITIONS OF FINE ART PRINTS, SIGNED AND LIMITED IN NUMBER (250)
WEBIST'S FIGURE STUDY
WEBISTS CONVERGENCE OF THE MINDS
FOCUSED THROUGH WEBISM
BIG ISLAND ERUPTING
SUNRISE AT MAUNA LOA ESTATES, VOLCANO
LOOK FOR PELE
NEW TROPICAL GARDEN
ON THE EDGE OF CYBERSPACE
VINTAGE CYBERPAINTINGS (OILS FROM THE 90'S)
GEISHA - OIL ON CANVAS, APPROXIMATELY 8' X5'
FOUNTAIN OF LIFE, APPROXIMATELY 8'X4'
CENTRAL ASIA, APPROXIMATELY 4X3'
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