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THE ART & TECHNOLOGY CIRCUS

(IMAGES WILL BE PUBLISHED SOON)

INSTALLATION:  P=2HC

FIGURATIVE ARTIST AND AUTHOR OF CONCEPT:  ALICE BURTON
ARTIST PAINTING (ABSTRACT WORKS):  BARBARA MCGIVERN
VIDEOGRAPHER:  AVI ZARUM
INSTALLATION CONSULTANT:  BILGE EBIRI

P=2HC concerns painting; the artist's way of seeing; the subconscious; symbolism and the genre of Western Salon painting.  All of these composite parts are linked and enhanced through modern technology.  The microchip challenges the brush.  Computer generated art or "cyberart" usually deals with media or Pop imagery, design elements and digital rendering.  To some viewers, it may lack the passion and sensitivity of painterly techniques.  It can be used to rearrange these traditional elements, enhancing them and making them more powerful, in a manner that would thrill artists such as Picasso and Rauschenberg.

It has been said that painting is dead; that all that can be done in this area has been done, since Egyptian wall paintings to the present.  We have completed a circle that started from the depiction of every day activities to the symbolic, through Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Abstraction, Pop and back to Neo-Realism.  Where are we to go?  In much computer generated art, there is no apparent reference to what has gone before.  So-called Traditional art is a progression from one form to another.  In Jackson Pollack's all-over painting, one can see the ghost of Monet. Today, the Internet and Raves may be replacing the Gallery and the Living Room.

P=2HC challenges this concept and combines the Traditional and new techniques to create an Art Object in the Salon genre.  It uses the sensitivity of the projected image to envelop the viewer rather than separate the viewer from engaging with the work, as is done by the glass partitions of a video monitor.  The painter is confronted with a blank canvas and asks the question - "Has all been done that can be done in the world of painting?"

Alice Burton - 1997

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