What is the influence of digitalizing on painting?
More than a century ago the invention of photography caused a revolution in painting. The reproduction of reality, until that time the main subject of painting, had to compete with photography and now also film. The exclusive right to depict portrait or landscape became the source of much discussion. With the arrival of Impressionism the snapshot like image appeared showing the subject in painting to be clearly influenced by photography.
Contemporary Art is more and more imbued with a digital way of looking. The artists of digt-paint combine painting and so called new media. They seek to analyse and show this new vision. Digital media gives rise to a new visual language. With video and computer works this may be inevitable. But the works of a painter are also influenced by this visual language and way of looking at our modern society. Though often seen as separate, it is exciting to see where the digital and the painter’s view meet: where they overlap, what they have in common, where they are different. Paintings that appear to be made digitally can in fact be painted, and vice versa.
ZWARTE MADONNA, DEN HAAG, 2003
In 2003 we organized an exhibition in the Zwarte Madonna in The Hague with about 12 artists. We filled all windows of the large building, a big part of the street. For my part I made wallpaper by printing on strokes of A4 paper. I made a system in my studio to work with these long paper rolls.
Rembrandt’s mother? (2007)
A serie based on the portrait of Ingres of Napoleon that finally lead to the painting below.
1st digital works:portraits
ARTOLL In 2001 I stayed one month in Artist Residency Artoll in Bedburg Hau (D) with about 20 artists from the Netherlands, Germany, Switserland, France. We worked on the aerea of an psychiatric hospital. After one month there was an exhibition opened by the curator of the museum of modern art in Kleve.
Light in Painting
Lecture at Zakynthos Art Festival, 2013
Google landscape painting
When you google a painting for example I googled one by a Dutch painter who lived in seventeenth century Meindert Hobbema, you will find the painting many times and in different color shades. The colors in the images of the painting is changing because of the quality of the photo. But is the real painting not also changing depending from the place where it is hanging. If the light is changing the colors of the landscape theoretically the light ON the painting is changing also, in other words the same painting looks differently when it is hanging in different museums and in different parts of the world.
When do we see the right colors?
Google is showing us more than one image of the same painting at the same time. Only if you ‘ve seen the real painting you can judge what is right, but only to a certain extend. It is the memory of seeing the real painting that tells you which one you recognize as the real one. How disappointing that may be.
Looking at art is a subjective experience depending from the circumstances you are seeing it and where and when you live on earth. Light is one of the influences art.
I also googled Dutch landscape painting then replaced Dutch by 20 other countries to see what comes out of it. Of course is it arbitrary. It is full of mistakes but it still shows an image: for example Greece landscape: blue, Dutch landscape:the sky.
From 1999 – 2008 I made many digital works and experimented with how to print or show them. Mostly I used canvas to print and painted again after printing. My aim was to combine paint and print and to use the ditital way of looking at things, the Digital View into the paint. In 2001 I took the initiative for the artist group Digt_paint. Together with Astrid Moors we made 6 exhibitions, more info: digt-paint.nl
In 2007 Astrid Moors, Arjo Rozendaal and I researched in artinitiative Haagweg 4 in Leiden what is according to the ‘digitale view’ There was a discussion open to the public with a lecture of James Faure Walker.
2008 – digt_paint 6.21, ‘the digital view’, Arti et Amicitiae Amsterdam
2007 – digt_paint 5.3 _beta, Haagweg 4 Leiden
2005 – digt_paint 4.5, Osmosis, de toren van Babel, Utrecht
2005 – digt_paint 3.3, ddd, Galerie Jorissen, Mechelen (B)
2003 – digt_paint 2.5, De Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem
2002 – digt_paint 1.5, De Veemvloer, Amsterdam
Some older digital works since 2000