DIgital Art Awards 2003 Exhibition
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Executive Chair: steve danzig
Director: Wayne J Cosshall
IS COLOR BLIND
By 2003 IDAA Principal Juror
What a difference a year makes. Last year we were all living under the
cloud of the world under siege. I think many of us still have not recovered.
It is indeed a different world we live in today. I think many are suffering
from anxiety and we dont know what to expect next or whos
waiting for us around the corner. What will be tomorrow? I think we
are all just still so in shock. The news of today doesnt look
any brighter either. All we hear about is war. If not Iraq its North
Korea. What ever happened to Osama Bin Laden? Was he just the first
act before the main performance? One has to wonder.
Okay. So what does this have to do with the IDAA and this years judging
the winning entries? Actually lots of things. This years
entries were much more emotive. Mixed with both abstraction and surrealism,
it seemed like people wanted to express things that were more heartfelt
than realistic. Almost like an escapism of sorts. Artists are the first
ones to put their thoughts to paper just like many musicians wrote emotional
songs rather than the typical la dee daa. Lets face it,
the only way to heal through terror is to work out your thoughts and
feelings. This was clearly exemplified in this years submissions.
Before I get into the winning selections I'd first like to acknowledge
the jurors. They voted with their hearts. There was a discussion
that the IDAA was a panel that consisted of all men. Therefore women
artists wouldnt get their due, and they would be once again living
under a "Glass Ceiling".
Just visit any major art fair and see how many men exhibit their work
vs. women. The results are overwhelmingly dominated by men. The IDAA
does not discourage anyone from entering, nor are they discriminatory
by race, creed, color, religion, etc. No bodys name is attached
to the entries the judges have to vote on. They just look at the art.
The surprise results this year is that the three (3) TOP WINNERS were
all women based on the mostly all male jury. Nobody gave it a second
thought whether anyone was one thing or another. The judges wanted to
look at art that spoke to them, that moved their emotions. The results
were truly consistent with the above statement of how we are all feeling
today. Angst. The winning award by Karin Kuhlman
of Germany, is a bright star, we all gave it high accolades because
we believe that that piece gives us hope and brightness. We loved it.
Second prize by Carmen Isabel Lizardos work speaks right to us.
I believe that is exactly what we are all feeling one way or another.
I understand I speak for the group and others may have different feelings,
but in my minds eye and my heart, the piece is filled with terrific
sensation. The same can be said of Dorothy Simpson Krauses work.
I am delighted to know that Dorothys work won a top placement.
Ms.Krause is an old timer (and I hope she doesnt mind
my saying that either.) Someone who keeps making good art throughout
her career. It should be noted that many early pioneers of digital art
like Dorothy made electronic art by experimenting with all sorts of
methods. Photoshop didn't just show up at her door step one day. She
made things happen by working out processes. This should be duly noted
The IDAA winners are congratulated for their efforts in forging ahead
in art and aesthetics at a time when many people would rather put their
head in the sand. Risk takers all of them. I am happy to say that their
wasnt one propaganda piece of artwork, ...nothing safe,
but rather works that came from emotional stimulus. I believe the jury
made the best choices which represent our current climate.
The world evolves. Lets see what next year brings us all. May it be