Archive for the 'New Media' Category

Interview with Bob Krawczyk: Digital Art Redefined

Bob Krawczyk, an architecture professor at Illinois Institute of Technology, specializes in new media art with a focus on algorithmic art to generate 2D and 3D art. Instead of brushes, paint, and canvas, he uses custom-designed software and his computer monitor and printer to create his art, and occasionally a laser-cutting machine and a fabrication shop to generate his 3D models. His BitArt website discusses the intricate models that he uses to generate his Escher-like geometric art. Krawczyk's related projects can be found here.

Polar Flowers
Polar Flowers. Courtesy of the artist.

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Interview with Catherine Forster: Nature in a Box

A woman is in her kayak on Crystal Lake, at dawn before anything else has had a chance to stir the water or cut through the early morning silence. She paddles around the lake for an hour or more, having uninterrupted time alone with nature and her own thoughts.

Finding peace at dawn
Finding Peace At Dawn. Courtesy of Catherine Forster.

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Interview with Mirjana Ugrinov: Art as Poetry as Art

Held Up By Night
Held Up By Night. Courtesy of Mirjana Ugrinov.

This one is called Held Up By Night. It's kind of like a kite, so I used real string. It's like a sleepless night, and you feel like you're suspended up there. It's kind of emotionless. I have its sister, using the same dimensions and materials. This is called simply Balancing. To me it's like a tight rope, a person balancing.

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Interview with M. M. Robinson: New Media, New Direction

I first wrote about M. M. Robinson for UR Chicago Magazine (April 12 – May 19, 2007) in an article entitled (theirs, not mine) Technicolor Fantasy, M. M. Robinson's Creations Take Imagination to a New Level. In it, I describe Robinson's multimedia installation Synthesizer as re-defining “techno art in Chicago with graphic design intermixed with personal-reality symbolism.” As a follow-up, I asked him about Synthesizer and his new direction in art as the new director for NAB Gallery, one of the oldest artist-owned galleries in Chicago.

MM Robinson Chimera IV
Chimera IV. Inkjet on Vinyl. Courtesy of the artist.

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Interview with Steven Husby: Op Art – Colors and Numbers

Steven Husby, designer and painter, uses Photoshop in his design process and then paints hard-edged images using acrylic on panel, creating abstract compositional permutations with a 3-D sensibility by applying gradations of color. The resulting “new media” optical art is both playful and visually appealing.

ArtStyle: How do you create your compositions?

Steven Husby (SH): I compose most of my work beforehand on the computer using Photoshop, starting with simple gradations of 4 to 12 colors. I stretch, distort, copy and paste the initial gradient into simple patterns that make up the virtual first stage of the work. Sometimes I make paintings from these initial solutions. But more often than not I keep going — cutting and pasting biomorphic fragments of the initial pattern back onto itself. No matter how complicated and obscure the work gets, it’s always held together by the initial pattern. From a practical standpoint, the key to my drawing process is trial and error and working in layers.

Steven Husby 1b
Courtesy of the artist

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