The Noho Series: Paintouts or Computer Oil Paintings

 

 

Nishi Noho Gallery, New York, New York

November 11-30, 1987

 

 

Artist's Statement

 

THE CONTINUED ARTISTIC GOAL IS TO SOLIDIFY THE TRANSFORMATION OF MERE COMPUTER "GRAPHICS" TO THE MORE TRADITIONAL MEDIA OF THE VISUAL ARTS.

HAND IN HAND WITH THAT GOAL IS THE INCLUSION OF GENERIC COMPUTER GRAPHIC ICONS THAT, TOGETHER WITH STYLIZATIONS OF MODERN AND POST-MODERN ART, GENERATE INNOVATIVE VISUALIZATION - NEW ART. MY PERSONAL INCLINATION TOWARDS EXPRESSIONISM, BOTH ABSTRACT AND REALISM, IS COUNTERBALANCED WITH A LOGICAL, MATHEMATICAL ORDERING OF STRUCTURE, INTRINSIC TO THE COMPUTER PROCESS. THE CHALLENGE OF USING AN INTELLIGENT AND AUTOMATED "PAINTBRUSH" IS TO REMAIN IN CONTROL OVER THE MACHINE, THROUGH BOTH THE ENHANCEMENT AND DELETION OF CANNED SOFTWARE MARKINGS.

 

IDEA DEVELOPMENT WITH COMPUTER ASSISTANCE SUPERCEDES ACTUAL WORK EXECUTION IN MY CREATIVE PROCESS.

 

RODNEY CHANG

NOVEMBER 1987

 

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2001 NOTES - THESE FIRST SIX 6 FEET X 4 FEET CANVASES WERE THE STARTUP TO A COLLECTION OF CANVASES NUMBERING CLOSE TO 200 BY THE MID-1990S, WHEN CHANG HALTED PRODUCTION OF SUCH HUGE PAINTINGS AS SIMULATIONS OF HIS ELECTRONIC IMAGERY. ONLY 3 YEARS INTO COMPUTER ART WORK WHEN THIS WAS WRITTEN, CHANG HAS SINCE REVERSE THE PROCESS AND CLAIMS THE COMPUTER AS CO-ARTIST AND AT TIMES, EVEN THE SOLE ARTIST, WITH THE USER AUTOMATED AS EXPLAINED IN HIS PAPER ON CHAOS THEORY AND THE COMPUTER ARTIST.