GREETINGS FROM THE CURATOR
Dr. Rodney "Pygoya" Chang
January 4, 2002
On behalf of East Hawai'i Cultural Center I extend a warm ALOHA! to all who view this exhibit, both at the museum as framed prints and/or as original digital imagery in a perpetual online show catalog.
Through the task of combing the worldwide internet for accessible digital art, the exhibit took its form with the combination of digital talent of 24 invited artists. This show at the dawn of 2002 provides a present day porthole to survey some of the diverse digital art that is mushrooming to proliferate the Net. And why so? For one thing, it's the most economic means for an artist to place personal self expression unto a world stage. The array of works verifies the radiating artistic results possible from a common source of commerically available graphic tools.
By going through the show one will experience new awareness of how much progress have been achieved since the 1960s beginings of personal computers. Besides this show of maturity of the digital medium, a criteria for selection includes the exhibit's aim to capture some sense of local cultures, a sense of nature evolved through digital means, some work that mirrors us, and the harmony of the abstract - the cornerstone of good formal composition.
One cannot help but come across artwork with reference to the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. It is the nature of the artist to react to things and events around him. Some such works are included.
The main goal of this show in physical space is to provide a sampling of impressive works that bear witness to "cyberart" - art that only exists on the Internet, thereby indigenous to online "cyberculture." Within the context of this exhibiting space, success is also measured by audience reaction to this digital imagery as no different from any other medium of art. Although the framed works are "reproductions" of the original online digital works, they foster public appeal within the context of the ambiance of a formal museum presentation.
For those who do not "surf the web," maybe this exhibit will inspire effort to go online and follow the development of this exciting and emerging art medium. If anything, at least link to the online show catalog's internet address to return to the show in perpetuity. Return to the Center's homepage for information on the 2003 International Cyberart Exhibition of East Hawai'i Cultural Center, now the foremost institution in bringing the world of good digital art into the awareness of the Hawaiian people and visitors to this island paradise.
I also take this opportunity to express appreciation to East Hawai'i Cultural Center and its visionary leader, chairperson Dr. Sudha Achar, for support in providing the world digital art community with a formal museum space to annually showcase our "cyberart."
Rodney Chang, M.A., MS.ED, Ph.D
Curator of cyberart exhibition for EHCC
Director, Truly Virtual Web Art Museum