Dear Artists,

I just returned, round trip by airplane, back to my home town of
Honolulu, from the "Big(-gest) Island" of an active volcano - on whose
slopes East Hawai'i Cultural Center resides. EHCC is the heartbeat of
cultural events on this island and is considered the best place to
exhibit visual fine arts on the island if not the state.

The reception was packed with people! There were three show openings,
that by the worldwide cyberartists, and solo exhibits by two artists,
Sudha Achar and Gary Hoff, both of Hilo, Hawaii. There was good energy
among the three radically different exhibits - sculpture and huge
canvases by Achar, various paint media works by Hoff, and Internet
prints. 

I had to teach all night about how the framed works are "reproductions"
taken of "originals" that reside emphemerally yet universally in onlne
virtual space. Many professional artists of traditional media were there
and were intriqued about how we can make fine arts on the computer.
There was fascination in the air, not cultural intimadation by all
means.

The food was good and bountiful, but there was no wine.
Washed the cracker and cheese down with some lemonade.

You can know see the photographs that I took last night. Sorry, not
blazenly clear but adequate to snap the moment. I tried to photo-shoot
so all could get a sense of the place and see how your work were
professionally installed by the staff. There is a computer in the
exhibit gallery that is linked to the Net and presents the online
catalog. Try having the monitor image and the framed print side-by-side
and have a non-computer artists look at both. They cannot stop to give
their explanation of the difference between electronic and inked print. 
One artist even liked the printed version better than the digital source
- the loss of saturated color light in the print didn't bother her. She
was too busy applauding the painterly quality of the printer inks on
paper. I guess everybody selects out what's revelant to him or her when
relating to art appreciation.

The editor of the Center's monthly newsletter asked me to explain more
in writing for her and the next edition. Here it is-

"This show is a hallmark attempt to bring Hawaii directly into the
center for cyberart appreciation and attention. Yours truly, Pygoya,
has been pushing a mouse since 1985, helping to get the ball bouncing
locally for digital art, back then called "computer graphics." After
hundred of local shows over the decades to build art medium awareness, I
had given up (for now) attempting such a show in Honolulu's museums. 

Suddenly EHCC and I discovered each other and it is a perfect match. 
Having "curated" about 50 cyberart exhibition in my online "Truly
Virtual Web Art Museum" - soon to welcome it's millionth visitor! -
selecting and organizing cyberart harvested from the Internet was
routine.

As curatorial strategy I attempt to showcase globally derived collection
of works that presented varying styles, ethnic influences, subject
matter, and visual association with the different traditional art
mediums. I wanted breath, range, complexity, not a show with stylized
and formalized "focus." Afterall this was a group survey, not a
microscopic inspection of stereotypical, homogenized "digital art."

During my welcome talk at the opening I praised all the artists for
sharing their personal talents that go beyond national borders. I told
them here was a group of pioneers dedicated to the cyberart medium,
working to develop further with tomorrow's efforts. They were told of
the many artists plans to make this institution's show a "traveling"
one, with possible "stopovers" (actually Net printouts, framing and
hanging at each location) in Germany, Spain, Jamaica, Russia, and Japan,
among others. And each would carry the title of "East Hawai'i Cultural
Center's International Cyberart Traveling Exhibition", thereby spreading
the news globally about how Hawaii cares about high technology art,
culture, and of course economy. Hawaii, known for its friendly "aloha"
spirit, hopes to be a beacon for all people to bring forth the awareness
of a new universal art now out on the Internet, much of which will never
ever be seen off the monitor screen, hung on a wall. Not surf the Web
and many will miss the opportunity to experience this newly placed art.
I predict its prominence will be so great in the future that this art
shall provide a global cyberculture (and thereby identity), shared by
all men of the technological age.

It is the dream of Pygoya to someday build a museum of cyberat higher up
on the slope of the volcano (it gets cooler and better for the works of
art) with affiliation to EHCC. Here, along with my massive body of
digital art paintings, I hope to establish a world-class permanent
collection of digital art. This would be along Volcano Highway, just
before Volcano Village, an arts community with lst-class resident
artists."

Artists!- all now can see the photo-documentations of the "Big Night" (I
had fun and met many interesting and cool people)-
http://www.lastplace.com/EXHIBITS/EHCC/ICE2002/introduction.htm

Just click on "photo-doc." 

PLUS an article of the show came out January 4, the opening date, in the
local Hilo Herald Tribune. It's included online now in "Global News."

I nope you all like what you see!
I'm tired but look forward to more fun now- what the online catalog
updated for you all-

Will go to Waikiki Beach area and into my favoriate discotheque for my
Saturday dancing fun/stress release.

I am, if you don't know- the "Disco Doc"-
http://lastplace.com/DOC/Cybpntgs/cypt20.htm

In 2002 I am working on a virtual reality version with avatars as a
conceptual art experiment. 

I hope more will email me that they will carry the show to their
country. I am trying to get each and every one of you exhibitions in
many countries in one year. "The more the merrier."


Warm Regards,

Rodney Chang

Jan. 5, 2001