Hey Hey, you got the eye!!!!!
Of all I sent, I personally figured this one has the potential to sell, especially to ladies! Was my choice but didn't want to influence your decision-making. Good idea to select something from the Disco Doc days --- also my AMIGA days! Will do some digging later.
This particular piece is a fresh 2005. It's part of my 2005 experiment to paint on canvas to simulate computer graphics.  Then I scanned it in and edited with software. Then I resourced it out to the painters and got back the original canvas.  It's 16x20".  Next it will be photographed and reentered into the system to be once again edited, so I can say I placed my finally digitally touches on it. Then this final digital version gets uploaded for Webism's online cyberspace. I keep the remnant for a future Maine museum, almost like a master proof for future print edition money making spin offs.  Untitled as of yet but it abounds with my Hawaiian environment's influence and I wanted, for a change, to do something "colorful."  I prefer to work in black and mud.  My novel explains why.
When you're ready to look into the past, go back to old Amiga days, let me know.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Gartel"
Sent: Tuesday, January 03, 2006 4:48 PM

> ROD,
> Ive selected this one image so far.
> Tell me more about this piece. - Date etc.
> Do you have something OLD from the Disco Doc Days?
> This one below is really beautiful. A deconstruction still
> life that is quite beautiful. Very power mate.
> Laurence


Good man.
Pretty much on target.

This is very much my point WHY I want to do this project.
Not to select random artists but ones that produced something historical.
You are exactly that. Whether you made money in the past with your work
or not is not the point. Establishing your position is what counts. You did it
during the Disco Doc years. Its true.



Here is Laurence Gartel at WIKIPEDIA:



Sent: Tuesday, January 03, 2006 8:15 AM
Subject: Re: My ART-Rod

Hi Laurence,
You wrote "Captain's Log" so I assume you visited my online Journal, @
I'm satisfied that if ever somebody dug, edit, compiled, it's historically worthy of one artist's effort to establish himself in the new digital medium. - so, the track record so published online.
   Ah Story.  I'm fortunate to have lived a double life outside of the usual dentist's one, would have bored the shit out of me!  It's been quite melodramatic (especially the Disco Doc days).  Now my novel adds more "story" by framing my fun life in mysticism, the supernatural and relevance to a cause that links my digital efforts to a 1610 start! Crazy!  Of course but makes great story, hype for digital art.  Now add on sex, violence, witches, ghosts, even pirates, conspiracy, suicide and murder and the 'story' is hot and wet to penetrate into the film industry. From a source outside the industry, making it fresh -virginal- screenplay material.  Once this is pulled off, there's no limit to how our medium is now situated to impact world culture, not to mention extra money to live on!
Here are my favorite new images. These are inferior photos of actual oils. The canvases are way sharper and are planned for scanning into 20x24, 30x40 or 40x50inch giclee prints (paper or canvas?) depending on resolution results from magnification and pricing structure at your gallery.  We can sign a contract whereby the 2 images selected are only available through your venue.  The original oils are all 16x20" standardized to be exhibited together in my life dream of setting up a small museum - the dream is realized within the fictional novel (but fantasizing this in the story strangely was therapeutic for me the writer/artist).  Possibly in Maine, or if sudden higher income results (think book, movie, big sales in Miami), possibly a larger and more sophisticated market.  But I wouldn't mine being holed up in Maine as a senior. As long as I keep my Hawaii condo for winter escapes and to keep my roots.  Down the road I might consider putting certain of the oils on sale but at ridiculous prices (famous works after the books, post-museum identity).
The latest series (from where these jpegs were downloaded) are at-
I can send you a CD slideshow of them all if you wish.
I am in process of completing the last 15 to compile 100 16x20s, then follow through with my artbook.  It should be available by June 2006. This color compilation, plus Pygoya's suicide (in fiction of course - sorry, gave away the plot to you) should promote sales (prints, plus books in your publication section)
Yesterday, I saw King Kong with the family.  Big bucks production.  I saw elements of what I want in my movie - exotic jungles, waterfalls, savages, all of which helped this flick. But add to mine volcanoes, human sacrifices, witches, ghosts, rapists, murderers, seduction, AND art with a message, all supportive of the underlying thematic message of artist as savior that makes effect on mankind after death and resurrection, and we got a winning flick!  My fantasy now is to be part of the movie production crew as a creative consultant.
Hope you like the work.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, January 03, 2006 12:49 AM
Subject: YOUR ART

CAPTAIN'S LOG: January 3, 2006

Fabulous MAN.
Lets face it, you got style, you got class,
and more over........you got a track record
and a story. This is vital and the core of any

In having you be part of my new venture,
where is the best place to look at some of
your images??

I want to pick TWO for this project. Show
me the best place to look at your artwork.
I want to pick images that have never been
reproduced or made into any edition previously.

Let me see what you have. If you have to email
jpgs, thats fine too.

yours truly,


Sent: Tuesday, January 03, 2006 9:03 AM
Subject: Re: second pass draft

Hi Lar,
Paintouts during the 1980s-1990s was intended to create "brick n, mortar" or traditional medium artifacts, thereby remove selected images from the realm of "simulated" virtual art and into the "real art" world.  Then along came the Internet, for me, 1997, with the launch of my "Truly Virtual Art Museum" at lastplace.com. Then existing Paintouts had to be rephotographed and/or scanned to REENTER the virtual realm, not extended via the Web into a virtual global communication (including the visual) mainstream network. In that extended use post-painting effort, the redigitalized works were edited for their debut as art for Internet cyberspace. Therefore what is seen online is not exact replicas of last century's Paintouts but living virtual entities original to e-Cyberspace and it's global audience.
Hope this helps clarify, bridge, the old Paintouts with today's 16x20" series, produced with  A NEW INTENTION of serving merely as an intermediate step to it's final presentation as Internet/Web (Webism) art with a hands on look.  The works, once photographed/scanned again are intentionally edited by Pygoya to take them beyond the paintings rendered by the artisans to which the original digital images were outsourced.


----- Original Message -----
From Laurence Lovett  Sent: Monday, January 02, 2006 11:27 AM
Subject: Re: second pass draft

good statement on webism...
but it seems to me that your 
approach to "electric painting"
predates the web.
therefore i want to establish the
fact that as a pioneer,  your work
paintings and prints come from the
earliest days of digital imaging,
(remember that in 85 the internet
was text only, and it was in Unix,)

you comments?



copy sent to Larry Lovett and Steve Gartel-


Rodney E. J. Chang, also known as Pygoya, is an experimental artist as well as dentist, psychologist, and author.  He was born November 26, 1945, in Honolulu, Hawaii.


In 1979 his debut on NBC network’s Real People catapulted his Honolulu discotheque dental clinic into national attention.  His persona as the eccentric, Asian-American doctor with an Afro hairstyle – who could really dance- added to the television feature.  To improve his dancing through 2005, he integrated his disco style with modern dance.  The Disco Doc has been spotted on Saturday nights performing in Rumours dance club for decades in Waikiki of Honolulu, Hawaii.


Life after disco included completing higher education goals that Ripley’s Believe It or Not! recognized as ten college degrees earned, including in the fields of zoology, education, art, dentistry, counseling and aesthetic psychology.


Chang devoted his life to exploring his development as artist in the medium of computer graphics.  Underlying his expressive abstract imagery is the spirit of creative exploration of the medium’s potential through his understanding and interests in the psychology of art.  Much of his decades long theoretical art considerations are documented at his online “artist’s journal” at www.lastplace.com/page49.htm.   Highlights of this efforts include Paintouts – original paintings on canvas from digital image design (1980s & 1990s) and Cyber-paintings – oil paintings as merely an intermediate step to make the digital image feel and appear more hands on – before scanning back and editing the final digital image, targeted for exhibition in the virtual cyber-space of the Internet.  He, along with Ingrid Doyle Kamerbeek of Germany, are the founders of Webism, the movement to create art solely for online exhibiting as formal contribution to the growing global Internet visual culture.  The group’s manifesto is at www.lastplace.com/webism.htm and membership information is available at www.artingrid.de.


The artist’s works were exhibited in museums over the decades, including the Bronx Art Museum in New York (1987), Shanghai Art Museum (1988), Holter Art Museum (1990), Tartu Art Museum in Estonia (1990),  the Las Vegas Art Museum (1990), and the Vienna Museum Complex (2003).  Through the Webists network, local shows were exhibited worldwide, including Vienna, Frankfurt, Bavaria, France, Liechtenstein, Budapest, Tokyo, Australia, Calcutta, Jaimaca, Los Angeles, New York City, Honolulu, Canada, and Russia.


In 2005 Rodney Chang published Pygoya – A  Novel Of Rebel Art & The Supernatural.Through the character of Anthony, much of his personal life adventure and achievements enter the real of fiction and documents the mission of the Webists. The artist's goal is to attempt to generate interest in the book to serve as screenplay for a movie in order to reach a broader mainstream audience and inform it how the Internet and its digital art is becoming the main art medium for the Informational Age of the 21st Century.  Pygoyan Oil Cyber-Paintings was published in 2006. Both publications are available at www.amazon.com and its subsidiary, www.booksurge.com


The artist maintains a website, www.lastplace.com.  Truly Vitual Web Art Museum, online since 1997, showcases global digital artists’ works on a permanent basis and is proud to be a early contribution itself to Internet cyber-culture.


Chang is married to Erlinda F. Chang and they have three children – Bronson Y., Houston T., and Rochelle J. Chang.