It is nice to know I am still on the email list calling for the annual local
artist juried show. However, I like so many years prior, will not
attempt to make it into the show.
I have been in 3 out the 8 that I attempted, in the 80-90s.
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce my lifelong effort in art,
being that I am now pushing 70. At the least I shall now know my local
art institution knows I exist, as a working and dedicated artist in the state.
My web site, http://www.lastplace.com/index.htm
has been my chosen way of displaying and sharing my art with others.
Using this platform, I can reach out to a world audience.
Latest stats indicate my site presently garners 300+ unique visitors per day.
My site is an established online virtual museum since 1997, early on in the
development of the Internet.
I feel blessed that the Internet came along in my lifetime, saving me from
artistic obscurity due to geographic isolation. I am satisfied that I
have been able to contribute on a global basis.
Some notable accomplishments -
1. lst Hawaii artist to pursue development of works with digital tools - 1985,
lst exhibit, at Honolulu Club
2. Spent years on my "Pixelism" whereby I painted canvases that
emphasized the low resolution of monitor imagery (last century
hardware/software), correlating the image elements with Impressionism and
Pointillism. I attempt to bridge traditional painting with high tech and
its now all encompassing digital culture (think iPads and smartphones).
3. Many writings (available at the site) document my observations and
experiences of the psychology of visual art (Ph.D., art psy, 1980), using
emerging digital art tools as experimentation for new imagery.
4. Founder of Webism, over 100 international artists online, including
physical exhibits in Paris, Frankfurt, Vienna and Budapest.
5. Author of novels about struggling artists and the "art
life." This is a way to share with a lay audience the special
creative life of the artist.
6. Invited lst digital artist for solo exhibition at Shanghai Art Museum
(1988); it was the lst digital exhibition in Chinese art history. Lectured for
2 weeks at Shanghai University, College of Fine Arts - students from around
the nation came to learn about the "new computer art" emerging in
7.Coordinated and produced lst digital exhibition in India (Kolcutta, 1999)
9. At present, now multi-media approach to integrate 25+ years of digital art
effort with my former art life of painting, sculpture, printmaking and
photography (MA, Art Studio, Northern IL U, '75)
10. I have surviving large canvases of Pixelism that I hope will not disappear
along with me. A former associate curator of the Academy of Arts, about
10 years ago, had reviewed my large 11x6' "Assembly" (200,000
painted in oil 4x4mm "pixels"). She thought it was a great
piece, but that the museum had no storage space. Of course I had hoped
to contribute it to the museum - if it was included in the permanent display
in the contemporary art section on Beretania. Local school kids
deserve to know- and have pride- that a local artist played a role in the
formation of their present visual culture.
It's been a good life. Icing on the cake would be formal state
recognition of how I have contributed, as a local artist, to the global
digital art revolution since its startup (other local artists would not touch
the medium; it was heresy to use a machine to make art in the '80s)
Thank you for your time. I'd love to chat with you, if ever time
Dr. Rodney Chang
On 9/27/2012 10:56 AM, Inger Tully wrote: