IMAGERY FROM GENERATIONS OF ELECTRONIC TOOLS
prepared for Museum of Computer Art
July 5, 2001
Whether painting, sculpture or digital art, learned (conditioned?) "good composition" is the guiding premise when judging completion for any of my works of art. But besides this bias for prefered classical "balance," "rhythm," and coordinated schema of "texture," "forms," "perspective," and "color harmonies," I also steer works-in-process with a developed system of aesthetics, based upon phenomenological research in the psychology of art. Articles on this life study are archived in the artist's online journal at http://www.lastplace.com/page49.htm. With such a philosophical/ psychological orientation as working artist, all art media - including the digital, become for the artist merely alternative means and tools to achieve personal expression.
The approach for digital art since 1985 has been to develop "personal style" along with the availability of progressively powerful graphic tools. Conscious effort was made to isolate visual effects reflecting my constant emotional and visual preferences, no matter what program was used over the long term. Then bits and pieces of different graphic files, produced over the years and with different platforms, are consolidated with and into imagery created with the latest 2D and 3D paint programs. It is important to me to echo back historical digital imagery, such as as texture maps, with more current and sophisticated software, such as Bryce 4 and Photoshop 5.5. Thus many of my digital works are derivative "hybrids" of previous graphic imagery executed with many "extinct" platforms, including the 1985 Amiga 1000 and Electronic Arts's DeLuxe Paint, the IBM AT using Lumena software, and the Mac-cx with such programs as Stratavision, Pixelpaint, and Morph 1.0 of long ago. In this way do I control a specific program's generic visual effects that can, without adequate aesthetic control, dominate over artist-user expression in the resultant rendering.
In summary, I feel aesthetic triumph with a graphic file when it satisfies me intellectually and emotionally, if not spiritually.