Art Professor, University of North Carolina

 

STATE OF THE ART TODAY: TRADITIONAL PAINTING, SCULPTURE, - VERSUS DIGITAL MEDIA

 

Rodney:

Ah ... how cool. I will admit not looking that closely at your bio data. Yes, all that is interesting indeed.

As to the "painting & sculpture" questions, as one who works in a traditional art department, which also houses my new media studios, the answer from my 20 years of experience at this university is a resounding "YES!" Traditional media stills rocks the students of today ... not all of course, but a really significant number.

My artist-wife & i still do traditional "brick & mortar" exhibitions a few times each year as we both still work in traditional media on a regular basis. But, more of my/our work is projected of in electronic venues of one sort of another than not.

I hear you about video work ... much of my attention is going toward that and 3D. Within the next year that will be 95% of what I do. Why? I'm drawn to this stuff by the sheer magic of the interfaces and the wonder of the products that can be produced and then displayed in new(er) ways. It's exciting (for me anyway) or i would not be involved.

Yes, the younger students (people in general) do seem drawn to electronic toys of the moment. The smaller it is and the faster it does whatever the more desirable it is. I will admit liking my iPhone a lot (because it works) and my iPad (because it works well and a bit differently from the phone) ... and I am devoted to my MacBookPro and iMac because these are just awesome machines that do what i want when i want it done. That's how that goes.

With technology i say to each his/her/their own.

Be well, 

J

On 12/04/13 11:40 AM, Rodney Pygoya Chang wrote:
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Interesting connections between you and me: art grad '75 (70s), graduate degree ('80, Art Psychology; UGI, CINNCINATI). Digital art of course!

I'm curious and ask one who knows: In today's techno-online global culture, is painting and sculpture still "popular" among the masses (for which we artist ultimately create)? Here in Honolulu I notice a definite decrease in brick n' mortar art shows.

Like my latest collaboration to do fine arts video with my digital art files, it seems this gen wants it moving, quick, fast, and intense with all the multi-media effects. It's interesting to me as a digital artist of jpegs that when a younger video artist uses my work for his video creation, my works, ranging from today's work to decades ago, seem, er, fresher, more vital in the young fellows production.

I myself still enjoy standing in front of a still image and pondering and experiencing, but all these geeks with ipods and cellphones for their image needs seem to be the normal now. Saw a l yr old manipulating her mother's cellphone, pressing the buttons, flipping it over to scrutinize the form... Scary.


rodney