Mouse Mightier than the Brush
- A blog prepared for and published at absolutearts.com on October 22, 2004
Digital art visualizes abstract science. The working e-artist always knows there is a precise mathematical base concealed within the patterns of chromatic pixels of light. Yet, instead of highlighting the math behind the art, most digital artists select to merely apply the power of the medium to express their own subjective view and feeling of life. The digital image "works" if it induces an emotional or harmonic resonance within the artist who orchestrates the composition.
Such quantifiable and dissecting precision of art data leads to cloned mixtures of previous digital images that formulate subsequent new work derivatives. Such serial shuffling of clustered pixels become the visual markers of one's style. Cutting & pasting, stacking images into layered transparencies, morphing with distortion tools, themselves all raw works in process, lead to the completed piece that personifies. In a sense, the artist's repertoire of works have common genetic art traits that continually get reworked, remixed, reinvestigated, spliced & diced into new wholes, all with an evolving skill for efficiency that includes aesthetic control of visual redundancy.
Taking this refined digital art unto the Internet stage forces the artist to consider the social context in which the work is unveiled. The presentation parameters and audience reach are quite different from the traditional "brick and mortar" exhibition. Virtual show information retrieved from search engines replaces the formal invitation snail-mailed only to the privileged. Art embedded in HTML may be perpetually accessible, ending the regrets of missing "brick and mortar" openings and closings. Mature e-art may eventually include elements in the work that provide credence of intention for the art to be experienced exclusively online. This function and unique platform for display distinguishes Web art from the broader category of "digital art," limited to archival, signed and limited printout. A group could evolve that provides original art in such a new context, adding substance to its content.
An early declaration of this mission for art is the current Webists with their manifesto for Webism. Through sharing ideas, initiating global meetings (and sipping wine together), networking for interactive projects, advancing a body of works under the banner of a new 'ism as declared by the pioneering artists, a truly new body of works may take root in this vast and nebulous cyber-place called the Web. Web-art might even provide a new channel for people of the world to communicate, share ideas, and nurture fellowship that liberates one from physical solitaire and in-grained nationalism.
Webism could counteract the present "brick and mortar" museum fragmentation into special interest institutions, each splintering restricting collections to the promotion in value of their own cultural artifacts, ignored or underrepresented by the more prominent museums. Surfing online may lead to stumbling upon the more ubiquitous cyberart which could enrich the lives of millions around the planet, many who can only draw a straight line (even digitally)) with the assistance of Paint Box. Online virtual art may well be the only art some will ever see in their culturally deprived real life situation. Hopefully, even without a formal art education, those that do search can see the universal spirituality of all mankind shine through the digital.
Flow Blossoming Dancing Red Dress Sleeping Beauty
Art copyrighted by Pygoya