January 19, 2006

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A new age of artwork

Upcoming exhibit showcases 100 percent digital art

By Katie Gilligan  news@hippopress.com

Imagine viewing artwork that was made without anyone ever picking up a paintbrush, pencil or chisel.

That’s the kind of art that will be shown at the “Digital Art Gallery” exhibit, taking place at the Goodbrain Academy of Creative Technology in Manchester.

The exhibit will showcase art created by students and instructors at the Goodbrain Academy through the use of computer programs. The digital art medium includes computer paintings and digital photography. The students at the academy are talented and like to perfect their artwork, said Crystal Nadeau, owner of Goodbrain, so as fast as computers work, it takes a long time before anything gets printed out.

“The students are never satisfied. They strive for the best,” Nadeau said.

She said the exhibit is a chance for her students to display their creativity.

Some purists argue that digital art is not real art. After all, anybody can copy and paste pictures with a computer, or color in a painting by dragging a mouse. It’s also really easy to erase a mistake on a computer, compared with knocking off too big a chunk when making a sculpture. Does this mean digital art takes less talent than conventional art? Nadeau doesn’t think so.

“Creativity is part of you. It’s not learned,” Nadeau said. “It’s allowing you to use the computer as a tool.”

Digital art is all around these days — as graphics on Web sites and computer animation in movies like Shrek and King Kong. It has the same creative process as conventional art, Nadeau said. They both take time and effort to get right. Technology is constantly advancing and it looks like digital art is here to stay, she said. It might even become more popular than conventional art.

The exhibit will give the public a chance to see what Goodbrain students have been working on, Nadeau said, and people will get a better understanding of the medium from the works they see.

The Digital Art Gallery will run through Feb. 2.

 

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