Light + Paint
This work investigates the intersection of painting and digital technology, locating itself at the point where the physical world (traditional media) meets the virtual world (new media). At this intersection the ephemeral, un-located space of digital video is attached, by means of projection, to the fixed object of a painting, illuminating it with a new color space, code-derived content, and the element of time to construct a hybrid pictorial space.
Reference points for this work come from my interest in the
historic changes brought about in art by the social and cultural upheavals and
rapid developments in science and technology in the 1960’s and 70’s. These
changes compelled a new generation of artists to address emotional disengagement,
formal rigor, and anonymity of authorship in order to escape the art that had
reached its height of influence in the form of Abstract Expressionism. In
particular, I have had a long interest in the color-field painters Kenneth Noland,
Gene Davis and Morris Louis; as well as light and space artists James Turrell,
Robert Irwin, Doug Wheeler and Dan Flavin.