ARTIST'S STATEMENT

BY LARRY LOVETT FOR PHOTONIC ART EXHIBITION

 

Phosphorescent colors distinguish digital artworks. Colors this bright are not usually found among the tubes of water colors and gouaches at the art store. They are not available in many hues and are usually made by some hobby supplier or off-brand company. As a result of much searching around at many stores I have managed to put togather a paint box stocked with flourescent watercolors and gouaches...and to assemble a series of flourescent paintings (which are quite video-like, especially under ultraviolet light or in day light!).

These paintings resemble my digital pieces colorwise, and have the advantages of real paint on good paper, that is,  I have an "analog original" from which digital copies can be made!  Rather than the other way around, where the original is digital, I start with watercolors and go digital. Having a one-of-a-kind, handmade original has advantages. Anyway, beyond the technical and market considerations, flourescent paint is fun to paint with! It jumps out at you while you are working...it's hard to control, and mixes in unpredictable ways. The results resemble screen colors more than printout colors. It's a hybrid style, combining the best of both worlds.

In summary, the problem with electronic art is that there is no physical original. So here I start with what the computer artist is attempting to wind up with, i.e., a one-of-a-kind original that can be framed and sold. But beyond this practicality, these original photonic watercolors borne with digital art sensitivity, can be used as a master for an edition of digital prints.

 

-Larry Lovett
Haleiwa, Hawaii, May 10, 1999

 

 

Artist's Biography

 

Larry Lovett (Lawrence K. Lovett) Born: Chicago 1942 Education:
Antioch Colllege B.A. in fine art. Columbia University (NYC) M.A.
in art education. Academic Awards: Scholarship, American Students
and Artists Center, Paris, France

Research Assistanceship, Horace Mann-Lincoln Inst. Columbia U.
NYC

Shows Smithsonian Inst. Washington D.C. "Infinite Illusions-the
World of Electronic Imagery" Dillon-Ripley Center Sept. 1990

Honolulu Academy Of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii Artists of Hawaii 1993

Hawaii Pacific University " Cyberart of Friedman and Lovett" 1993

Honolulu Hale (City Hall) Honolulu, Hawaii Computer Art group
show with John Dunn, Joan Truckenbrod, Dr. Rod Chang, Nan Love,
1989

Royal-Culture Gallery, Honolulu "First Computer Art Group
Show",with Chang, Dowlen, Izumi and Lovett 1985

Soho II Gallery, Honolulu "Computer-Art All Stars" 1987

Covers Honolulu Magazine August 1988

Resident Artist Experimental Graphics Lab, University of Hawaii at
Manoa 1987-88

Animation "E-Gallery" Cyberart on television, wins national award
for Computer Animaion 1994

Teaching Lecturer, computer art, Honolulu Community College,
Honolulu 1986

Teacher, Artist in the Schools Program, D.O.E 1994

Symposia Speaker, "Revolution in the Arts" National Computer
Graphics Assocatiion, Anaheim, California 1990

Speaker, "Infinite Illusions" Smithsonian Institution Washington,
D.C. 1990

Interviews PBS "Art in the 21st Century" Spectrum Hawaii, KHET
Honolulu, Hawaii September 1994

CBS "Cyberart" KGMB news Oct. 23, 1993

Honolulu Magazine, "Computer Art..." August 1988

Honolulu Advertiser, "Island Life" Oct. 18, 1994

Insight Magazine, Oct. 8, 1990, P.43 "Digital Art"

Honolulu Weekly, 3/17/93 "Electric Company"

Software John Dunn Associates, interface design, illustration, alpha
testing,& package design, on interactive multi- media authorwar.

Video Producer-Director of award-winning show, "E-Gallery"
Electronic FineArts on TV, Sundays @9:00 pm, Ch. 22 Oceanic
Cablevision, Honolulu,Hawaii

Business co-creator of Art Universe Incorporated 1995