ART COLLEGE GALLERY OF THE RAVE WEBMUSEUM PRESENTS

THE ART INSTITUTE OF HOUSTON
(HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA)

THE HUMANITY IN THE MACHINE
AN EXHIBIT OF COMPUTER ART WORKS


April 23, 1998 - September 15, 1998
a digital art students and faculty exhibit

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Nancy Wood, MFA, Artist's Statement

Students' Greetings by the Curator

Essay: A Museum for Museums

Some of the Students

 


Introduction to

THE HUMANITY IN THE MACHINE
AN EXHIBIT OF COMPUTER ART WORKS CREATED BY STUDENTS
AT THE ART INSTITUTE OF HOUSTON, 1997-98

The profound impact of digital technology on the traditional art establishment over the last 20 years is only beginning to be acknowledged. With digital technology, pigment is not necessary, color and texture can be created instantly, entire compositions can be transformed with just the touch of a cursor. While many painters, sculptors, architects, printmakers, photographers, video and performance artists have been lured to experiment with computer imaging techniques which are able to manipulate scale, and format in ways not possible with physical mediums, there are others who view the impending expansion of the computer as an artist's tool as a threat to traditional art forms, aesthetics, and ideals. This exhibit has been organized as a presentation of the amplitude of imagery which can be achieved on the computer. All of these works were created by second quarter students at the Art Institute of Houston, enrolled in a class called "Computer Paint", using Fractal Design Painter 5.0. For most students, this was merely their second class on the computer, and their first computer graphics class. By choosing to focus on the human face and form as an image, I hope to demonstrate that during the process of working with the computer as an art tool, just as with traditional art media, it is the mind and soul of the artist, not the tools used, which determines the aesthetic experience of the work of art for both artist and audience.

Nancy Wood, MFA
April 1998
J.C. Wood nwood@infocom.net

Nancy Wood, Artist's Statement

Students' Greetings by the Curator