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NANCY WOOD, MFA

 

"The Creation and Comparison of Analogous Digitally Originated and Natural Media Works of Visual Art"

 

subject:
Proposal
Date:
Mon, 5 Oct 1998 18:27:48 -0500
From:
"Wood" <nwood@pdq.net>
To:
"pygoya" <pygoya@pixi.com>

Rodney,


Here's a copy of my grant proposal. Let me know if you have any questions.
I gave your site address to the lead art instructor at HCC for the art
college gallery. Have two more people at local colleges I will try to
contact tomorrow regarding the same.

Nancy


"The Creation and Comparison of Analogous Digitally Originated and Natural Media Works of Visual Art"



Statement of Plans for the Period for Which the Fellowship is Requested

The profound impact of digital technology on the traditional art
establishment over the last 20 years is only beginning to be acknowledged.
With digital technology, pigment is not necessary, color and texture can
be created instantly, entire compositions can be transformed with just the
touch of a cursor. While many painters, sculptors, architects,
printmakers, photographers, video and performance artists have been lured
to experiment with computer imaging techniques which include the
manipulation of scale, color, and texture in ways not possible with
physical mediums, there are others who view the impending expansion of the
computer as an artist’s tool as a threat to traditional art forms,
aesthetics, and ideals. And, just as it happened during the development
of photography, motion pictures, and television, there are those who
disparage the new technology, claiming that works created with it cannot
be considered "art", or that its art forms should be judged separately from
the traditional plastic arts.
The intent of my proposal is to explore the magnitude by which
digitally originated art, which I will define as works of visual art
created entirely in the computer, without use of pencil, brush, paper,
canvas, or any other physical media, can be compared to traditional media
art. I will accomplish this by creating a series of corresponding works,
half created in the computer, and half created using natural media, which
will be displayed side by side in a series of exhibitions and on the
Internet for public viewing. As a classically trained artist with a terminal
degree in Painting and Sculpture, and having spent 20 years creating large
scale (average size 48" x 72") figurative oil paintings and 5 years working
with computer graphics software, I feel that I am eminently qualified to
explore the relationship between the media. I will also keep a diary of my
observations and reflections while creating the works, as to differences in
working habits, and insights into advantages/disadvantages working with the
different processes.
The subject matter of the works will be Life Drawings, Paintings, and
Portraits, as these are highly regarded foundations in traditional art
training. Each work done with traditional media: oil paint, acrylics,
egg tempera, charcoal, or pastel, will have an analogous work of the same
subject and approximately the same working time which has been created
entirely in the computer. No tracing will be used in any of the works. No
photograph or scans will be used. The computer works will be created using
MetaCreations Painter software and a Wacom pressure sensitive tablet and
will be printed at the same size as the corresponding natural media work,
on artists’ paper or canvas. I will also create a software "script" of my
process used in creating each digital work, allowing me to recreate each
of the digital works at different sizes and resolutions, for a variety of
final methods of viewing. All "drawing" and "painting", whether done in
the computer or with natural media, will be done from life. I am
submitting samples of relatively short works, each took from 5 minutes to 2
hours to complete, but for the

project toward which I am requesting funding, I may spend as long as 100
hours on some works. I will experiment with duplicating underpainting and
glazing techniques on the computer as well as alla prima methods. I will
document the works at various stages of completion using photography for the
natural media works, and a digital color printer for the digital works. In
addition to the image being printed onto artists canvas or paper, another
version of the work will be created for display on large format digital
display panels, one for output to video, and a 4th will be a low
resolution work for display on the Internet. The resulting exhibitions
which I am proposing to non-profit artists’ spaces, and college and
university art galleries across the country, will consist of the digital
prints displayed side by side with the natural media works, as well as
large scale wall mounted digital display panels showing an animated
exposition of the works. Visitors will be polled for their reactions to the
exhibit, which will be documented and added to the catalogue. I hope to
demonstrate that whether the artist is working with digital media or
traditional art media, it is the mind and soul of the artist, not the
tools used, which determines the aesthetic experience of the work of art for
both artist and audience.
The samples I am submitting with this proposal, and other samples of my
work may be viewed on my web page at http://freeweb.pdq.net/nwood.

 

 

 

lst draft: Statement of Plans for the Period for Which the Fellowship is Requested

The profound impact of digital technology on the traditional art establishment over the last 20 years

is only beginning to be acknowledged. With digital technology, pigment is not necessary, color and

texture can be created instantly, entire compositions can be transformed with just the touch of a

cursor. While many painters, sculptors, architects, printmakers, photographers, video and

performance artists have been lured to experiment with computer imaging techniques which include

the manipulation of scale, color, and texture in ways not possible with physical mediums, there are

others who view the impending expansion of the computer as an artist's tool as a threat to traditional

art forms, aesthetics, and ideals. And, just as it happened during the development of photography,

motion pictures, and television, there are those who disparage the new technology, claiming that

works created with it cannot be considered "art", or that its art forms should be judged separately

from the traditional plastic arts.

The intent of my proposal is to explore the magnitude by which digitally originated art, which I will

define as works of visual art created entirely in the computer, without use of pencil, brush, paper,

canvas, or any other physical media, can be compared to traditional media art. I will accomplish this

by creating a series of corresponding works, half created in the computer, and half created using

natural media, which will be displayed side by side in a series of exhibitions and on the Internet for

public viewing. As a classically trained artist with a terminal degree in Painting and Sculpture, and

having spent 20 years creating large scale (average size 48" x 72") figurative oil paintings and 5 years

working with computer graphics software, I feel that I am eminently qualified to explore the

relationship between the media. I will also keep a diary of my observations and reflections while

creating the works, as to differences in working habits, and insights into advantages/disadvantages

working with the different processes.

The subject matter of the works will be Life Drawings, Paintings, and Portraits, as these are highly

regarded foundations in traditional art training. Each work done with traditional media: oil paint,

acrylics, egg tempera, charcoal, or pastel, will have an analogous work of the same subject and

approximately the same working time which has been created entirely in the computer. No tracing

will be used in any of the works. No photograph or scans will be used. The computer works will be

created using MetaCreations Painter software and a Wacom pressure sensitive tablet and will be

printed at the same size as the corresponding natural media work, on artists' paper or canvas. I will

also create a software "script" of my process used in creating each digital work, allowing me to

recreate each of the digital works at different sizes and resolutions, for a variety of final methods of

viewing. All "drawing" and "painting", whether done in the computer or with natural media, will be

done from life. I am submitting samples of relatively short works, each took from 5 minutes to 2

hours to complete, but for the project toward which I am requesting funding, I may spend as long as

100 hours on some works. I will experiment with duplicating underpainting and glazing techniques on

the computer as well as alla prima methods. I will document the works at various stages of

completion using photography for the natural media works, and a digital color printer for the digital

works. In addition to the image being printed onto artists canvas or paper, another version of the

work will be created for display on large format digital display panels, one for output to video, and a

4th will be a low resolution work for display on the Internet. The resulting exhibitions which I am

proposing to non-profit artists' spaces, and college and university art galleries across the country,

will consist of the digital prints displayed side by side with the natural media works, as well as large

scale wall mounted digital display panels showing an animated exposition of the works. Visitors will

be polled for their reactions to the exhibit, which will be documented and added to the catalogue. I

hope to demonstrate that whether the artist is working with digital media or traditional art media, it is

the mind and soul of the artist, not the tools used, which determines the aesthetic experience of the

work of art for both artist and audience.