IDAA Executive Chair
Artist... Genuis.... loves a good game of squash! :)
by Laurence GARTEL
In the frenetic times we are living in, information overload, 24 hour
news, stock and weather, our personal "BRAIN RAM" is about
to tip over to RED ALERT!! - NOT ENOUGH MEMORY.
What we must decipher here, is "what is" and "what isn't"
worthy of placing into our heads for future consultation. As the mind
is the most stimulating part of our body, it makes pure sense that everyone
in the universe is trying to "tickle" our neurons for attention.Like
the Astronauts of Apollo, everyone wants to Land on the Moon, and self
proclaim themselves the first to discover what has been there for billions
of year. After all, that is what a discovery is anyway: Finding something
that already exists!!!!
What the IDAA and Director Steve Danzig has done is call out to the
artists of the planet to provide them with a venue to display and make
known what they have personally discovered with the tools of technology.
Each in their own formulated methodologies, the works by digital artists
of the world come together. Mr. Danzig is not claiming to be the first,
he is deliberately organizing a platform in which to showcase the art
created at the turn of this new millennium.
These works then, are the foundation of "new art in old history."
- Like the wheel they turn.
is currently Editor of Digital Photography & Design magazine and
Technical Editor of Commercial Photography magazine as well as doing
freelance writing and running a small professional photography/graphic
design business. He also actively works at his own photography and computer
Previously Wayne was an academic for 17 years at Swinburne University,
ending as a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science and Head of the Computer
Graphics Research Group. Wayne's research included parallel computation
in computer graphics 3D rendering, algorithmic digital art and the algorithmic
definition of pattern. Overlapping with the academic work and since
leaving it Wayne has written for essentially all significant Australian
photography and computer graphics magazines and a number of US ones.
Wayne has been working in computer graphics, both as an art form and
science, since 1980.
Since 1991 Wayne has been exhibiting his photography and computer art
in various group and individual shows, including invited submissions.
Wayne's art work at present encompasses an exploration of the mix of
3D and photographic imagery. Present work is mainly in three series:
"The Death of Christianity", "Playgrounds and Gas Chambers"
is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Director of the Media
Integration project at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke
where he teaches art history, design and computer graphics. In 1994
John organized the first Computer Graphics program at UNCP.
Trained in traditional studio as a painter, John studied weaving and
metals in graduate school and in 1994 obtained a doctorate from the
University of Cincinnati in Visual Arts Education. He has worked professionally
as an editor, writer, photographer, graphic artist and educator. This
semester marks his 22nd year in teaching.
Dr. Labadie now specializes in digital graphics, including digital combined
with other media. His art work has been shown in dozens of juried national
and international exhibitions. Since 1989, John has also worked as a
scientific illustrator for the National Park Service in the United States
and abroad on archaeological sites in both Mexico and Belize with major
university field projects.
brings thirty years of documentary and visual arts experience to the Web
with extensive curatorial work, over forty personal, real-world (United
States, England, Australia, Russia, Zimbabwe, South Korea, Philippines
and Brazil) and several virtual-world exhibitions.
He is currently pursuing digital manipulation and generation as an art
form, and working in the shadows of the Pioneers of Abstraction utilizing
Pixelscapes which begin to approach a true abstract visual language in
Digital Art under the namesake of New Directions. These Pioneers practiced
Art as a metaphysical quest for higher truth, and these Pixelscapes possibly
move in a similar quest or direction as it relates to placement, juxtaposition
and color-field excitation. In favor of felt experience, they begin to
transcend the Digital Art genre by making use of themselves and within,
or in other words, this quest for higher truth is Minimalist in its approach,
and because of the magnification, a revelation of sorts exists through
seen pixels. A solo exhibition ... Pixelscapes: Next Generation ... was
held at the LeVall Gallery in Novosibirsk, Russia (installation seen to
the right; Russian television coverage seen in foreground; photo by Andrey
- embraced new technology in 1979 for use in her own prints and graduated
from art college with a major in Printmaking in 1981. Her final year
thesis "Contemporary Australian Printmaking - some aspects considered",
was one of the first written works about Printmaking to include ephemeral
political posters, photo Xerox copies and 'digital' prints. She also
lobbied for them to be accepted as "fine art prints", worthy
of commission and collection, in her capacity as exhibitions committee
member and secretary for the Print Council of Australia, 1982.
Passionately involved in the contemporary printmaking as well as the
political poster movements of the 1980's she worked as both a poster
designer and printer and was a trainee assistant to the Prints and Drawings
collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia.
Exhibiting professionally since 1980, Vicki has exhibited in Australia,
UK, France and Italy. Her work is in public and private collections
throughout Australia, USA, UK, Europe.
Vicki has recently toured her solo exhibition "The Private Eye"
in the UK to London and Bristol . Using her own cultural ancestry (Swiss
Italian, Ticino, and Irish Celtic) as a backdrop, The Private Eye uses
the latest in digital print technology as well as traditional image
making to tell the stories of Australia's cultural history at the time
of "early white settlement" of the 1850's.
Currently Artistic Director of her own studio gallery and residency
complex 'Artsville', Vicki divides her time between "Artsville
in the Bush" and "Artsville by the Bay" in Melbourne.
In the UK at the opening of the Heads Up festival, London, it was noted
McConville's mind bending images tell us the stories of Australia's
cultural migration in a new language. These works provide us with a
contemporary insight into the processes and impact of cultural "assimilations"
of the past. So,like those who trod before her, she helps us to "Go
Over Old Ground".
Sellars has been the Director of Studio
211 for the past 9 years.
During this time he has been curator to 13 exhibitions and organized
48 exhibitions internationally. Since taking Studio 211 on the world
wide web two and a half years ago, Mr. Sellars has worked with thousands
of artists documenting the "information age" as it pertains
to the arts. He is also an artist with over 20 years of experience and
has been exhibiting his work since the age of eight. He works in many
mediums such as painting, drawing, sculpture, installation and digital.
His work currently resides in collections in 19 countries and exhibits
around the world (with 68 exhibitions to date) and through his web site.
Szczepanski completed his Bachelor of Art, Fine Arts (specialising
in Printmaking and Photography) at the Prahran College of Advanced Education
Prior to joining the Printmaking Department in 1979 as a Technician, he
worked as a freelance photographer. He has works exhibited both in Australia,
Europe and USA. His photography has also been included in numerous exhibition
catalogues of Australian artists.
As a Master Printmaker, he has accepted commissions and also assisted
various artists locally and internationally.
In June 2000, he transferred from the Printmaking Department to the Information
Technology Officer role at the School of Art. Through this I.T. position,
digital printmaking technology has been introduced to the School of Art.
Further research in this technology is continuing.