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Terry Calen

Ohio, USA
trcalen@earthlink.net
2002_18
24" x 24"

Artist Statement: The computer provides a wonderful environment for experimentation. No materials are wasted. Setup time is minimal. Tests can be easily and quickly saved. Changes can be made and different versions can be combined. I try to take full advantage of these attributes by incorporating experimentation into my workflow. I usually begin with only a very loose concept in mind. I am often motivated by something I've seen. Sometimes a simple shape can begin the process. Through experimentation, I usually discover multiple direction the work could take and I may spend months exploring these in depth, creating several images along the way. I am currently fascinated by surface relationships and how surfaces can be used as structural elements within a composition. By surfaces, I mean shapes with very little thickness. In 3 dimensional modeling, surfaces with no thickness are possible but they do not convey a proper sense of form and substance. I usually want to maintain a sense of reality in my work. I want my scenes to appear to exist in real space and to have physical attributes that suggest they could exist.

My goal is always to present more than the technology I use. I want my images to be emotionally evocative and to succeed on the basis of their visual impact rather than any implied meaning. It's a grand expectation which may never be completely satisfied. I believe the artists initiative begins a process that only develops its full potential through those who experience it. I encourage you to explore for yourself, and to share your own creativity in the completion of this process.
2002_19
24" x 24"

2002_20
24" x 24"