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Pygoya, Visiting American Artist
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Greetings to the people of India and Calcutta

It is with much appreciation that I accept Oxford Bookstore and Gallery's invitation to exhibit digital art, or cyberart of the Internet, in the great city of Calcutta.  Besides my own pieces, these are works by artists with art represented in the online Truly Virtual Web Art Museum .  The Internet museum has drawn over 300,000 worldwide visitors since 1997.  Featured
are virtual reality exhibit spaces that house  the museum's ever growing global permanent art collection of  virtual art.

Special thanks is given to Shubhojoy Mitra, Calcutta's own digital artist with work inducted into the museum. 
Without his help,  perserverence and sacrifice of time,  thishistoric exhibition would not have been possible before 2000..


Artist's  Show Statement



The India Papers - presented at conferences in Calcutta in conjunction
with the India lst International Digital Art Exhbition, December 1999


Computer Art - Ultimate Simulator or
Assimulator of 20th Century Art?


Evolution of the Role of the Computerized Artist

The Psychology of Art and Digital Art

Pygoyan Cookbook for Digital Art

Beyond Computer Art

 

 

Catalog Page 4 - Australia - Linda Martin



I FEEL MOST HONOURED AND EXTREMELY PROUD ...
BOTH AS AN ARTIST AND AN AUSTRALIAN,
TO BE PART-TAKING IN INDIA'S FIRST INTERNATIONAL
DIGITAL ART SHOW.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL CONCERNED WITH THE
CONCEPT, CREATION AND PRESENTATION OF THIS
HISTORIC EVENT, AND I THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME
THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THESE PAINTINGS WITH YOU.

MY HEARTFELT WISHES FOR A HUGE SUCCESS.

YOURS ARTISTICALLY
LINDA MARTIN
CYBERARTIST, AUSTRALIA.



ARTIST STATEMENT

I SUPPOSE THAT I AM THE 'LATE-COMER' HERE,
HAVING ONLY RECENTLY TIP-TOED ACROSS
THE DIGITAL ART FRONTIER ... ABOUT SIX
MONTHS AGO.

MY FEELINGS OF ISOLATION IN THIS NEW, ELECTRONIC
ENVIRONMENT CAUSED ME TO EAGERLY SEEK OUT
THE FOOTSTEPS OF OTHER DIGITAL ARTISTS.
I WAS SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT, ALTHOUGH
IT WAS 'NEW' TO ME, THE WAY HAD BEEN
OPENED UP MORE THAN A DECADE AGO.

I FEEL A DEBT OF GRATITUDE TO THOSE PIONEERING
SPIRITS WHO TODAY, AS MASTERS OF
DIGITAL ART, CONTINUE TO OFFER THEIR
ENCOURAGEMENTAND INSPIRE THOSE OF
US WHO ARE ONLY JUST EMERGING.

FOR ME, ACCEPTING THE CHALLENGE TO EXPLORE
THE POSSIBILITIES MEANT BECOMING FAMILIAR WITH
A COMPUTER PROGRAMME AND MANY HOURS OF
PRACTICE TRYING OUT DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES.

THE RESULT?

I AM DELIGHTED THAT, AFTER A LIFETIME OF WORKING
WITH MOST MEDIUMS, I HAVE FINALLY FOUND A WAY
TO EXPRESS MY FEELINGS ... PORTRAYED IN PAINTINGS
THAT ARE BURSTING WITH INTENSITY AND BRILLIANCE.

MY WORK IS 'VISIONARY', THAT IS, THE SUBJECT MATTER
RELATES TO THE INTANGIBLE, THE UNSEEN ENERGIES THAT
INFLUENCE AND SHAPE OUR LIVES ...
THE 'MYSTERY.'

AND THE MOST WONDERFUL ASPECT OF DIGITAL ART?

THAT TECHNOLOGY HAS RELEASED ART FROM TRADITIONAL STUDIOS
AND GALLERY WALLS, INTO CYBERSPACE, TO BE SHARED WITH
EACH OTHER.

 


Catalog Page 5 - Canada - Ansgard Thomson

First of all my admiration for the incredible dedication by Dr.Rodney
Chang to launch
this wonderful show in India.
I am speechless, honored and thankful to be part of this show.
My first contact with India was with Yogy and I was so pleased to
receive a reply from
this very young busy student.

Ever since I have hoped I would be able to visit India to experience the
people and their culture.

Canada is such a young country with a multicultural image showing up in
our artists from all nations.
I am proud to be one of the first and probably the oldest cyberartist in
this part of the world.

About my computer generated works I like to say I am an explorer of
different techniques and media. I like to use everything a computer has
to offer .It might take me far away from what I used to do as a
traditional painter.
Painting from memory on the computer instead of nature has brought out
very different images I will keep
on exploring.
At 76 my adventure as a cyberartist is not over.
My very best wishes to all the artists involved and my love to India.

 


Catalog Page 6 -  India -Yogi Chopra

 

Digital Art is slowly gaining popularity in India
but it is still in its infancy stage. This is the art of 21st Century
and I hope the turn of the millenium will see the realization of
this form of Art in India.

 


Catalog Page 7 -  India - Shubhojoy Mitra



Greetings from Calcutta, West Bengal, India.

To all those for whom art is a favourite form of
personal expression, to all for whom technology is a
means with which to communicate, share ideas,
brainwaves, inspired madness and cherished causes with
the rest of the world, I welcome you to join us and
participate in the First INDIA International Digital
Art Exhibition by visiting the Oxford Bookstore Art
Gallery, Calcutta during the the exhibiton (11th
December to 16th December 1999) or online at
"http://www.lastplace.com/EXHIBITS/India/index.htm"

The contemporary Indian art world, while keeping
abreast with the latest developments in the rest of
the world, has a separate space and identity of its
own. As such the Indian artistsic community today is
often caught between the aesthetics governed by
primarily late 19th and 20th century artistic trends
of the west and the indigenous art forms and motifs of
the sub-continent's rich visual heritage. For
outsiders as well as the country's art enthusiasts,
this is a somewhat peculiar situation difficult to
classify and sometimes even difficult to comprehend.

While some artists have consciously tried retaining an
Indian flavour by working with forms derived from
genres which can be clearly classified as sufficiently
indigenous, others have relied on imported media and
aesthetic rules discovered in the west or the far
east. Still others have made a fusion of the two both
in terms of form and content with intriguing results.
As to how much this art reflects the contemporary
Indian culture and social dynamics depends on the
artists' honesty in their pursuit of unique visions.

The place for "cyberart" or "digital" art in this
milieu is almost unheard of. There has been
experiments with this new tool, there have been
exhibitons organized by the brave new techno-savvy
generation. But, by and large, this new medium
continues to be ignored as a creative tool by the
practitioners of one of the most refined creative
activities pursued by man: painting.

When we approach cyberart or digital art from India,
or any other country for that matter, let us remember
art trancends geographical boundaries, cultures and
sub-cultures, and perhaps the borders of common and
everyday dreams in the effort to express that which
has never been articulated, seen or heard. Our desire
to classify art according to periods, formal elements
or cultures may be justified for the purpose of
research, but vieiwing art as a complete experience in
itself is surely a very satisfying activity, or at
least a unique one.

What is making this event possible today in the
frontier-less cyberspace. Data bits flowed to and fro
through the "digital nervous system of mankind", the
Internet; thus an artist half way across the world
uploads his dream-images before breakfast to another
just finishing his dinner. The exhibiton has a dual
purpose: to bring the community of dedicated
cyberartists across the continents in one place so
their combined artistic presence awakes Indian
art-lovers, and indeed the world at large, to the new
trend in painting and to foster friendship among the
artistic community working with digital tools so they
can share the experiences of their latest adventures
with digital tools.

Without the support of Internet's Pygoya, the "Disco
Doc" of the seventies, one of the pioneers of cyberart
and digital painter for the last 11 years, this show
would have remained a distant dream. It was his
brainchild to begin with, and his inspiration and
continuing support (also the tons of e-mails over the
last three months), :), that is responsible for the
exhibition taking place in Calcutta today and possibly
other cities across the world in the next millenium.

I would like to thank Oxford Book Store and Art
Gallery, especially Mrs. Bhagat, for their instant
support for the event, generous help in organizing the
exhibition, providing free gallery space in a
centrally located region of the city and sensitivity
and foresight to look at Cyberart as a promising trend
in the field of art.

Last, but not the least, thank you fellow cyberartists
from four different continents taking part for your
warm, enthusaiastic reponse and encouragement. I hope
we will meet again and again on similiar occasions
online or in real life!


Co-organizer: Shubhojoy Mitra

 


Catalog Page 8 -  Russia - Catherine Yakovina

 

GREETINGS

I am very proud to participate at the First India International digital art
show.
India is a great country of cultural traditions. And it is an honour for me
to
present my art in India.
Our world... Sometimes we think that it is a big world. Sometimes we can
feel that our world is very small. I think the world is too small for war.
People all over the world want to live under a peaceful sky.
I think that the international show of artists can help in creating a
peaceful world.
A world of gladness and friendship.
I am grateful to all the people who have made it possible to create the
First
international digital art show in India.



STATEMENT

Digital art... It is very interesting when computers give the possibility
for
creating works of art. It is a very special instrument for an artist. I feel
confident
and powerful when I create art works by computer. I can see the result of
creating my art work. I can always get back to the original work
which was put on the screen before using a computer program.In some cases It
may be a blank
page where I am not using any of my original art work for computer
processing. Or it
may be art work which I have created especially for computer processing.

It is an unusual process of creativity. I can change my art work. I can
create
another space. I can do many unusual things which recall dreams.

What is digital art for me? Probably it represents different space and
feelings.
It is a method of art which is new and interesting. Do you remember how
cinema
was created? People did not know that that it would open so many new
possibilities
for expressing their feelings and thoughts. People had no idea that the new
art of film
could express so many emotions.Computer digital art will develop also. And
this kind of
art will give new feelings for artists and viewers.

 


Catalog Page 9 -  South Korea - Song ki Sung

 

 


Catalog Page10-  Taiwan - Tony Tseng

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It is my honour to have this opportunity to be part of this historical
first India digital art show.....many thanks to the gallery and Pygoya from
Hawaii.
My subject matter has always been the people that I met or the places that I
travel, ever since I started to use computer to creat
image, I stop painting "portrait" .........till the past few weeks, I stated
to paint people's face again , except , now I am painting
in 32x32 pixel scale........the standard size of the window
icon............. computer desktop become the new exhibition space for art
........painting go to the wallpaper, and the icon was the new painting
...........I wonder are there some portait artist out there actually doing
icon portrait commission .................don't you think this is so
interesting? the artistic activity that we use to have in our old art world,
and now it still happening in the cyber space, ..........

artist Tony Tseng (a.k.a. Gardiana on WWW)

 

 


Catalog Page11-  Thailand - Parinya Tantisuk

Greeting to India
Thailand and India have a long-term relationship, especially the exchange of art, culture and
religion. I wish to extend a warm heart to all Indian and members of India Digital Art exhibition.

Artist's statement
Since 1994, I have used the digital for my creating excluding the traditional painting medias. "
Color" and "Symbol" are my favorites elements. I use them to express my thoughts with the inspiration
from the varities and the relationships of lives.

 

 


Catalog Page12-  United Kingdom - John Rixon

 

Artist’s statement: After fifteen years of working and exhibiting in traditional materials, I have been drawn towards digital image making.

I am currently exploring the possibilities of using technology as a creative tool, a ‘virtual studio’.

My work focuses on relationships and contrasts between colour and form; I feel that this mirrors life and our relationships with each other. Having studied and taught colour theory whilst a lecturer, I am particularly drawn towards the manipulation of the many contrasts that occur when placing two or more colours side by side. The software available now, allows me to keep compositional options open to explore more permutations, which radically alters the decision-making process. This can be seen as the ultimate in plasticity; the paint never dries; a digital image can always be altered.

I have recently finished a collaborative project with the composer Roger Eno, a blend of images and music – the digital process has enabled this to happen even from a distance. This, for me, is one of the most exciting and optimistic aspects of the web.

My recent work has, until recently, been exhibited exclusively on the World Wide Web. However, printer technology now permits faithful reproduction, and I am now committing a range of images to print and plan to exhibit them in the real world soon.

It is a great pleasure to be invited to participate in this show. The shrinking of the globe in communication terms has to be good for humanity – we must make it so.

 


Artist's statement: After fifteen years of working and exhibiting in traditional materials, I have been drawn towards digital image making.
I am currently exploring the possibilities of using technology as a creative tool, a 'virtual studio'.
My work focuses on relationships and contrasts between colour and form; I feel that this mirrors life and our relationships with each other. Having studied and taught colour theory whilst a lecturer, I am particularly drawn towards the manipulation of the many contrasts that occur when placing two or more colours side by side. The software available now, allows me to keep compositional options open to explore more permutations, which radically alters the decision-making process. This can be seen as the ultimate in plasticity; the paint never dries; a digital image can always be altered.
I have recently finished a collaborative project with the composer Roger Eno, a blend of images and music - the digital process has enabled this to happen even from a distance. This, for me, is one of the most exciting and optimistic aspects of the web.
My recent work has, until recently, been exhibited exclusively on the World Wide Web. However, printer technology now permits faithful reproduction, and I am now committing a range of images to print and plan to exhibit them in the real world soon.
It is a great pleasure to be invited to participate in this show. The shrinking of the globe in communication terms has to be good for humanity - we must make it so.


Catalog Page13-  United States - Gregory Hoose

 

Artist’s statement:

We are on the brink of a revolution in the arts. My
dear colleague Dr. Rodney Chang has been blessed with
the foresight and acumen to weld together many diverse
artists that are the driving will behind this vital
and necessary evolution. Art will be the last and
greatest stronghold for man’s creative effort in the
world of machine. All the creative force and power of
man will first manifest as creative art that will
direct and effect in a ripple effect the substance of
the universe. Actually art has always done this; but
with the advent of intelligence in the mechanical
world this process has become much more visible.

All of man’s disciplines will become fluid and
intermingled and new disciplines and technology will
flower as never before. We will be caught up in a
swirl of creativity and the life force of many beings
will depend upon our thought patterns and force of
will. With this in mind, we are taking baby steps.
In my art I have taken a single discipline, Chinese
ink drawing, and integrated it with digital
technology. I express my tradition as best I can with
this tool. The more I use digital technology the
better I am able to handle other tools. There is an
acceleration. I was born for this.

For India:

All the world is starting to recognize India as the
leader in digital insight in Asia. Many Asian
countries are importing Indian mentality to further
their own business and communications. It is proper
that art should be enhanced in this manner. I am
looking forward with interest to the people of India
to see a new birth and resonance in the arts. There
is much in Indian society that has been lost. But
there is much in Indian society to be reborn.
Cognition of the past is the brilliance of the Vedas.
I look forward to a new boldness that will allow a
bright Truth to evolve that will brush away the
pettiness of the recent past. I feel that the people
of India hold a very special truth inside them. It
will be good to hear that truth in harmony in the song
of life.


An artist for all his life, Gregory has come from a family of artists.
His mother was locally known as a self-taught watercolorist, his father
a sculptor in wood. His sister attended the University of North
Carolina at Greensboro as an art student on a grant for her talent. His
aunt taught art and has a school named after her. His uncle and cousin
are well known musicians.
Gregory began working in pottery and drawing at an early age and went
on to obtain a BA in Art from UNC-Charlotte and an MA in Art from East
Carolina University. He has attended many schools in North Carolina and
Illinois and taught briefly at schools in North Carolina. Of recent he
teaches Chinese painting privately. He has studied privately at the
sculpture gardens in Brookgreen South Carolina, at the Vatican in Rome
and Florence Italy (specifically the works of Michelangelo), the Norton
Simon in Pasadena CA, the various exhibits in Chicago Illinois and the
Chinese and Japanese exhibits at Kansas City.
Talents include sculpture in Onyx and other stone, metal sculpture,
pottery, watercolor, oil and acrylic painting, drawing, 3D computer
imaging and 2D digital art. Gregory and his family also are involved in
puppetry and show and sell puppets professionally.
In 1977 Eleanor Hoose (mother) and Gregory began to study Sumi or
Chinese art from the Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting. Eleanor,
being a watercolorist, had an intuitive insight into the technique which
Greg picked up, and eventually translated to pottery successfully, which
was his aim. However the Sumi was so fascinating that Gregory continued
down the years until 1990 when he became interested in digital art.
Gregory gave up almost all other forms of plastic expression save for
pottery and the occasional use of brush and ink, and dove into the
cyber-digital world. This digital pursuit began at a special time when
Gregory and his young family resided at a school of meditation; spending
many hours in deep contemplation and blissful union with inner peace.
Today Gregory and his family live in their home in Fairfield Iowa,
enjoying the snows of the midwestern United States and taking occasional
trips to Germany and Italy to visit relatives and the beaches of
Florida.
The images you see are digital using ancient Chinese techniques of
painting. Specifically the line used to describe the figures is of a
special type derived from the use of the ink brush. I began using the
Chinese ink brush on ceramics and studied for years to perfect its
simplicity.


Catalog Page14-  United States - Larry Lovett

 

Greetings to Indian People

Greetings and salutations to the people of India.
May we all be inspired to live in peace and harmony.

 

About My Art

Art is like visual poetry.

If you could describe it, you wouldn't need

to experience it .

 


Catalog Page15-  Yugoslavia - Kolja Tatic

Artist Statement... I have only one...always...

"...Using many technique, I always paint the same idea, the same world, different from our own; silent, distant and lonely... The world that seems to wait for somebody; that somebody may be you, who knows? If you sense the atmosphere of going away... all my nights spent in front of the computer screen will have made sense... "



"...to India people... Art is faith in goodnes, art is love without frontiers...and... Best wishes from faraway province of dusty light... your distant friend Kolja..."

 

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