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John Fillwalk

Ball State University
Indiana, USA
jfillwalk@comcast.net
Plains Study I


Artist Statement: "Plains Study I" and "Plains Study II" are from a series of digital prints on canvas dealing with the superimposition of the constructed environment on the landscape. These prints are created using digital imaging, painting, and proofing software. For output, I work in a calibrated fine-art, large-format printing environment, utilizing archival pigment-based inks and specially coated fine-art canvas.

As an intermedia artist, I approach exploration of new forms from a position grounded in experimentation among media, disciplines, and processes. I investigate and evaluate emerging technologies that inform my approach to working in a variety of media, including video installation, single-channel video, sound art, 3D animation, video sculpture, digital imaging, interactive, and net-based work. In developing new concepts and forms, I draw on intersections between Eastern philosophies and Western science, and juxtapositions between built and natural constructs.

Conceptually, I position my work to act as a mediator between physical and implied space, charging the transformative nature of a composition. Expansive, accommodating space becomes increasingly interior and condensed, providing an environment for reorientation within a work. I am particularly interested in realizing the potential of form and image that affords interaction at its most fundamental level. As an intermedia artist, I have also come to value the synergy of collaboration and have worked closely with composers, scientists, architects, and engineers on a variety of large-scale projects.

New media extend the range of the traditional studio by establishing a palette of time, motion, interactivity, and virtuality. I find that the ephemeral nature of electronic and intermedia work transcends the traditional modes and expectations of art. The significance of the tangible becomes fleeting, shifting emphasis from the object to the experience. Electronic and time-based works, by their very nature, are inherently transformative, creating a shifting context between what is known and what has yet to be explored.
Plains Study II