Sunday, September 03, 2006

art is short

Friday night we went to see Art after 5. We drank over-priced appletinis and ate over-priced food while we watched Art in Motion. Yesterday I thought about how in the digital age, art is more available to everyone through the Internet. We can use all kinds of easily accessible tools to create digital art. But is this a good thing?

While we were at the Museum, we looked at some paintings, too. We could see the brushwork of the artists and I thought about how at some time, each artist had poured his sweat--literally--into his work. How there were real physical pieces of the artist in each painting. And do we lose something in this digital age when art can be created entirely in bits and bytes? I love to alter my drawings in my paint program, but is this creating something that's more removed from me? And then when I scan it, is it even more distant? I don't know the answer, but it's an interesting question for me.

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