Digital Art Research

Digital Art is the term used to describe artistic works that use digital technology as an essential part of the creative process. Some argue that this type of work is not real art as infinate copies can be made and so there is no original. It can be entirely computer generated or can be taken from other sources such as scanned photographs or images drawn using vector graphics. 3D graphics are created through the process of designing imagery from geometric shapes or polygons to create three dimensional objects.

This piece is by Mark Wilson, one of the pioneers of digital image making. He created images like this one using digital software that he ran several times to produce a large number of images, and then drew the most successful images together. The final appearance of the piece depended on his own editing process.

This is a print showing a curved wall and is one of a series of 19 digital prints incorporating
traditional woodblock printing and digital design. It was the result of a workshop held at Wimbledon School of Art, in which the artists explored the integration of traditional woodblock printing with digital
technology. This piece really reminds me of the work of Richard Serra and shows how a sculpture could be translated into a digital format.

This is the work of graphic designer Amirali Ghasemi and is from the series Parties that shows young Iranians socialising in private homes, their faces and other exposed flesh blocked out to protect their identities and also to call attention to the subversive nature of their actions under the current
regime. Ghasemi states that depending on their contexts, his works ‘are interpreted very differently and associated with subjects such as censorship, women’s rights, the hijab, and Islam’.

Peter Kennard has used computer-aided design in his work since 2002. With the help of Kat Picton Phillips, he has produced a portfolio of 15 plates addressing the American invasion of Iraq
in 2003 and its consequences. The images are scanned composites of old war medals purchased in Camden Market, London, their ribbons severely distressed by the artists. Of the project, the artist have said, ” wrote ‘We gritted the scanner, bled on it; threw torn-up rags, flags and ribbons on it; poured oil then stamped on the stuff, burnt it and spat on the lot…In some of the images we used photographs taken with great bravery by documentary photographers in Iraq. Their commitment to keeping us informed often showed us the extreme degradations that this war has brought upon the Iraqi people.’”



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