2004-09-17 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

by Susan Hartenstein

Arch Texture “Pompeii,” by Yelena Aronson -- a digital artwork featured in the multi-media ArtSplash festival at Fort Tilden, October 2 to November 7.
Arch Texture “Pompeii,” by Yelena Aronson -- a digital artwork featured in the multi-media ArtSplash festival at Fort Tilden, October 2 to November 7. ARTSPLASH 2004 is just around the corner. RAA’s fifth multi-media arts festival in Fort Tilden starts on October 2. The wine and cheese opening reception is October 3 from 1 to 3m p.m. The exhilarating variety of artists includes performers that are appearing for the first time at this exhibition/festival and those who will be returning. For example, the Mariana Beckermann Dance Company will be part of the entertainment at the opening reception. Seanachi and the Unity Squad will once again headline a band night. A full performance schedule will be posted in this newspaper.

For the second year in a row, ARTSPLASH features an entire section of the cutting edge medium of digital art, using the computer as the primary creative tool. Three of those digital artists exemplify the spirit and substance of ARTSPLASH. One is from Rockaway, another from further out in the metropolitan area. The third is from California. ARTSPLASH brings talent from around the country to our community and shows off the best of our community to those outside it.

Yelena Aronson is from Maywood, New Jersey and is a graduate of the Moscow Architectural Institute. She has received degrees in computer art and design and in architecture, is an assistant professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University and has exhibited extensively in the metropolitan area. Of her entry into ARTSPLASH, Virtual Pompeii she states:

“This digital art project is based on two sources: my professional experience as an architect and a graduate of the Moscow Architectural Institute, and my interest in the light as a way to shape or break three-dimensional space. Space and light in this project are reconceived through the ability of the Softimage software to create purely abstract dimensions. I was always fascinated by the ability of light to model space, but real inspiration came to me in Venice where I became captivated by the early morning light over the Grand Canal.”

Aronson’s work may be seen at http://mysite.verizon.net/vze1v333/.

California artist Zelda Zinn has exhibited extensively in that state and in Chile. She holds degrees in photography and has been an art department chairperson. In her artist statement she says she has always been attracted to alternative methods of creating an image, allowing for more expressive options. Zinn continues that “digital collage is an ideal way of working because it affords me the ability to endlessly tweak the elements before and after I subject them to the scanner’s eye…In Photoshop I can fix minor blemishes or significantly transform the imported file.” The dynamic works Zinn has presented in ARTSPLASH reflect her long-standing interest in gesture and silhouette. Body language and context contribute to the works’ meanings and color contributes to their emotional impact. You can visit Zelda Zinn’s art at www.Homepage. mac.com/zzin.

George Gianacopulos lives in Rockaway. He states that his artistic creativity found expression early in his life, early, in building sand castles and, later, in the imaginative special effects make-up he produced as a result of his love for classic horror/science fiction stories and films. As an adult faced with the practical demands of life, he attained a degree in computer science and works as a data systems manager in the legal field. The computer has now become his means of artistic expression. He states that “rather than modeling my castles with sand and water, I now model them with pixels.” Gianacopulos continues, “The process of creating Digital Art for me, is every bit as rich and complex as any other medium I have employed in the past. And, in the final analysis, the aesthetic decisions an artist makes, not the tools they use, determines what will be achieved.”

The Little Globe Theater presents “Seven,” an evening of seven short one-act plays. These plays are funny, thought-provoking, witty and even daring. They should not be missed. Performances are Saturday, September 18 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, September 25 at 8 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 320 Beach 94 Street (at the foot of the Cross Bay Bridge). Tickets are $10, $7 for seniors and are available at the door. The director is Mario Martone, who also directed the first two seasons of The Little Globe Theater productions. The cast features Tomasina DeCrescenzo, Ruth Graves, Susan Hartenstein, Christina Jorge, Mikki Krakauer, Tom Lohan, Larry Rossi and Kevin Spillane.

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