Over the years, artists have pushed the boundaries of computer art.
In their ongoing explorations, they have invented their own creative
processes, and they have achieved unique visual languages.
Ongoings: the Fine Arts Gallery presented an in-depth look at computer-based
artists and their work. The exhibition broke from SIGGRAPH
traditions by presenting a body of work for each of a few artists, as
opposed to exhibiting a survey of recent works by many artists. Thus,
the Ongoings Gallery showcased artists' ongoing creative visions. In
conjunction with Ongoings, Sketches featured an Artist Presentation
Session, where the artists discussed their processes and content.
Artworks for Ongoings were selected in a competitive, open-submission
process. Artists were welcome to submit either a long-term progression
of work, including current work, or they could submit their current body
of work. We particularly encouraged submission of works that use the
computer in a creative way. As it turned out, the majority of the
submissions were print works.
The Curatorial Advisory Committee spent three long days reviewing the work
and composed a list of finalists. Then the exhibition evolved as individual works for
each artist were selected. In the end,
six artists were selected to exhibit a large number of works, and seven
artists were selected to exhibit two or three works. Some of the artists
are new to the SIGGRAPH audience, while others are long-time favorites.
In producing an exhibition of this sort, my goal was to create a place for
the world to see the ongoing creative vision of artists who are dedicated
to the use of technology in their art. My hope is that the audience came away with an understanding of the passion of these artists.
Ongoings: the Fine Arts Gallery would not have been possible without the
effort and support of many wonderful people to whom I give my
sincere and grateful thanks. While it is not possible to individually thank
everyone, I would like to express a special thanks to the following: the
SIGGRAPH 97 Conference Committee, the Ongoings Committee, the Curatorial Advisory Committee, and all of the SIGGRAPH 97
Ongoings artists. Without them, this exhibition could not have been
I would also like to thank recent Art Show Chairs, Jean Ippolito, Deanna
Morse, and Ken O'Connell, for their advice and support. Thank you
to my Pratt Institute Chair, Rick Barry, and his former assistant, Dena
Slothower, for providing me with the time and assistance needed to produce
this exhibition. Thank you to Lina Yamaguchi and all of the Pratt Student
Volunteers for their hard work. Thank you to George Schuessler for his
support when I needed it most. For all her invaluable advice and support
over the years, I would like to thank Copper Giloth. On behalf of all
SIGGRAPH artists and those who appreciate their work, I would like to thank
Patric Prince for her ongoing dedication to the SIGGRAPH artist community.
Finally, thank you to my family and friends for their unconditional love
Chair, Ongoings: the Fine Arts Gallery
Artists & Works | Dedication
Ongoings: the Fine Arts Gallery Committee | Curatorial Advisory Committee
SIGGRAPH 98 Art Gallery Call for Participation