2003-09-26 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
by Susan Hartenstein
From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance by Susan Hartenstein

DIGITALSPLASH 2003 is a national juried digital art exhibition that focuses specifically on photographic and print genres that use the computer as their primary creative tool. It brings together the work of 15 artists from 12 states. Presented by the Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA) as a featured part of its ARTSPLASH 2003 multimedia arts extravaganza, DIGITALSPLASH 2003 is RAA’s first computer-based national exhibition. The works on display were selected by the distinguished jurors for "their originality, technical and imaginative use of digital processes," states co-juror Marcia J. Rudy, PhD, Director of Public Programs and Special Events for the New York Hall of Science.

The exhibition runs from September 20 through October 26 at the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) in Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area, Rockaway, Queens. It is presented in partnership with The National Park Service/Gateway National Recreation Area. Gallery hours are Saturdays 12-5 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. The wine and cheese reception for ARTSPLASH and DIGITALSPLASH is Sunday, September 28 1-4 p.m. and features live entertainment by singer and songwriter TK Kearney, singers Apryl Green and Joanne Marnick, singer/musician Mary Kelly and Celtic singer and musician Celeste Ray.

According to Co-juror Deena des Rioux, the modern printmaker "has the opportunity to express himself with a multiplex combination of experimental processes that the advent of computer capability has invoked." Des Rioux is a New York computer artist with international venues distinguished by the Brooklyn Museum’s landmark digital print survey and reviews in the Sunday New York Times. Dr. Rudy further writes of DIGITALSPLASH, "Themes in DIGITALSPLASH 2003…range from the biosphere to the universe, from mathematics to the abstract. The works show concern for particular subjects and express a point of view rather than just an excitement with the technical capabilities of the digital medium. Some artists seem intent on presenting a variety of perspectives on a subject with a series of images – exploring patterns, color, light, textural surfaces, and objects of different scale and size from the natural and man-made world. Overall, the rich variety and originality of techniques used by these artists successfully enables them to seriously and whimsically muse on life, politics, culture, science and technology."

Des Rioux concludes, "In the new millennium, the selection of applications as are varied as the number of artists who choose the pixel means of expression, whether they begin with a digital photograph or a program. DIGITALSPLASH 2003 is an overview of the diverse genres that artists have developed through implementation of the new electronic tools."

Juried artists: Kristine Buchanan, Michael A. Fink, Jim Frazer, Katherine Gilbert, Spencer Greenberg, Lynn Hill, Ellen Jantzen, Robert J. Krawczyk, Ann Marie LeBlanc, Carmen Lizardo, Thery Mislick, Matthew Montalvo, Lee Muslin, Ralph Petagna, Olga Spiegel.

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