Medial painting – the digital spirit of the age in pictures
I use the computer as a painting tool and have developed different techniques. These “Photo-paintings” form a sub-set of the digital works. They are a combination of traditional painting and the creation of the pictures in a computer program. I have developed two types: On one hand I digitalize my original art works in mixed media and then create a new work by manipulating the digital images in the computer. On the other hand I make a kind of "Photo-collage", called digital mosaics.
Digital Mosaics-each picture is a composition of about 2000 single pictures
These are composed like a “Photo-collage” using digital photographs, scanned images and sketches. The pictures are worked on in the computer using different filtering and painting processes over many stages until the image is completely transformed. Whilst the new work is based on the original material, the imagination and ability of the artist are crucial in giving this completely new composition its revised statement and form. The technical sophistication of printing allows me to realize the image conceived digitally in the computer on such specially selected materials as Plexiglas, Aluminium, or another metal. Using non-traditional methods I evoke insights that one would scarcely associate with “brush on painting surface”.
I work with these untraditional methods in order to create totally new insights that would hardly be achievable using a combination of brush strokes on a surface.
The transparent, translucent and reflective materials I am using lend themselves to the creation of spectacular lighting effects, using both natural and electrical light sources. Changing the surface texture by abrasion or corrosion also adds further depth to these works.
The story of the mutual influence of science and machine, of artists hand and blind fantasy repeats itself. * Already photography required decades, in order to be established as an independent art forms, likewise after a difficult beginning film and video have become established themselves as artistic activities since the middle of the 20th century - In none of these cases, the creative activity has been subjugated by the technology. On the contrary the creative arena is expanded immeasurably by each technological advance in technique. This is a natural progression due to the continual advancement of the natural sciences. Thus computer technology has emerged as the latest visual revolution to expand the means of artistic production at the beginning 21st century. * The lithograph and photograph