Global Living Diary of Digital Art

news, articles, and artist's experiences from around the world

Cecil Touchon, R2001 member


"When there is a opportunity to look at the world with optimism or pessimism it it foolish to choose the latter." "They say things are clearer in hindsight but this is only because we have forgotten most of what happened." "In a time when art flourishes and is widely practiced masters are everywhere. The ability of any certain individual to stand out can only be achived when the practice of art has died." (and you can quote me on those) ------------------- Aleksi Aaltonen wrote: So, emotionally, in sociological significance, and now finally in financial terms too the traditional visual art is ..... not dead, but perhaps in so horrible shape that there is little reason for high hopes. The artists, by producing mediocre work, by neglecting the audience, and the demands of that "profession" can partially blame themselves... ...Art as paintings, installations and all, can never do that anymore... ---------------------------------------- It might not do it for anyone else who doesn't saturate themselves in these disciplines but for all of those for whom these processes are a part of everyday life, they are completely alive and well and continually budding with renewed possibilities. The great thing about, for instance a painting, is that you don't need any machines to experience it. It is made on a stable platform that will never need upgrading. For this reason alone, all net/electronic/video etc type art is to some extent an empire built on sand which have to continually be shored up, updated, upgraded, transfered to newer media, in short maintainence intensive. Additionally, one's expression is technically dependent on rapidly eroding programs which are outmoded in the same year usually. If your concept of art is just to jack around this is all well and good but many of us believe that art is a multi generational dialog and hope to make works which will educate and influence future artists as we have been educated and influenced by the artists of the past. We are all part of a great continuum. Also each media has its own range of expression. Painting is good for somethings that electronic media will never ever touch or be able to duplicate or replicate and via versa. so I think it is a mistake to act like older media is no longer creatively or culturally viable. I think is it better to step back a bit and unc=derstand that the real issues are ontological and have to do with imagination, self identity, spirituality and these kind of issues which are more the floor that we stand on. This is where the real art is happening. ------------------- Aleksi Aaltonen wrote: > So, putting this all together, from my personal perspective: Visual art will have to, and will find new avenues for becoming bigger than ever, if there will be good innovative young (younger than me -25) minds, and brave people willing to take the challenges. --------------------- One problem here is the fact that none of us will ever be able to seem to do it 'bigger and better' because the older art has all of the big money and established venues behind it. The currently living artists (in whatever generation) are always at the disadvantage in terms of appearing to be on an equal footing with the 'legends'. So this leads many artists to attempt to out do these other guys when that really should not be our focus. If we are alive we are part of our own times and don't realize how romantic and wonderful we will seem to people 100 years from now, who will see the work that the rich people collected into their museums, as we look at the older work today. It is the same thing over and over and over again. Each generation romantizises the earlier ones. But one clue as to what will be seen in the future and what will influence a generation living outside of the context that informs our art is QUALITY. Cecil