Ongoings: The Fine Arts Gallery
The SIGGRAPH 97 art gallery broke
from SIGGRAPH tradition by presenting a body of work for each of a few
artists, as opposed to exhibiting a survey of work by many artists. As a
result, the Ongoings Gallery showcased artists' ongoing creative vision.
In conjunction with the show, Art and Design Sketches featured an Artist
Presentation Session, where the artists discussed their processes and
Artworks were selected in a competitive, open-submission
process where the artists submitted a body of work. Of particular interest
were works that used the computer in a creative way. The majority of the
submissions were print works, and the number of submissions easily
exceeded 1,000. Six artists were selected to exhibit a large
number of works. Seven artists were selected to exhibit two or three works.
"In producing an exhibition of this kind, 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," said
Lynn Pocock, Ongoings Chair. "We want the SIGGRAPH 97
audience to leave the gallery with an understanding of the passion of these
John S. Banks
Rising Star Ltd.
These print images are the artist's attempt at visualizing and clarifying a
sense of discovery -- some of the various states that may be experienced on a
"journey." Doorways, paths, altars, and windows are the central elements.
Sheriann Ki-Sun Burnham
These works are a continuing exploration in the formal aspects of
abstracted space and form. The prints invite the viewer to explore a
unique visual space, finding their own interpretation.
Anna M. Chupa
Mississippi State University
These compelling light boxes present visually rich, mystical images, some
of which combine personal narrative with imagery inspired by African Vodun,
popularly known as Voodoo. The body of work creates a mood and environment
that is both haunting and beautiful.
This autobiographical body of work addresses issues of self, gender, and
intimacy using the concept of an archaeological excavation of memory as a
metaphorical structure. These prints are a combination of myth, spirit,
science, and technology, and their impact on the viewer is powerful on many
Western Washington University
This body of work presents the artist's interest in the role of new
technology in shaping our cultural environment. The computer is both the
means and indirectly the content of many of these unique mixed media
These mixed-media works present the artist's interests in the ambiguity of
the sea horse and the outright strangeness of the male of the species, who
becomes pregnant and carries the young in a brood pouch.
This collection of C-prints takes Goya's "Black Paintings" as a point of
departure. The works draw attention to the fact that artists have always
been engaged within a social discourse, and it is only with the emergence
of a global society that the artist's role becomes increasingly unstable.
This set of prints resulted from a process that is a convergence of
mathematics and drawing. The work is abstract and reflects the magic that
is art -- with computer.
Chris S. Johnson
Northern Arizona University
These light boxes present a modern saint: the lifeguard. Through the
journeys of the lifeguard, the images discuss the intricate connections
holding our lives together.
Florida Atlantic University
Through the interdisciplinary medium of computer-aided video/kinetic
sculptures, the artist creates interactive, performative installations.
Both visual and audio elements are simultaneously experienced in the
physical domain -- challenging perceptions of reality through illusion.
This body of print work presents the artist's understanding and exploration
of space: the way things are arranged in space, the emptiness of spaces,
the clustering of objects within spaces, the emotional resonances of space.
University of Notre Dame
This body of work seduces. The combination of real objects, photographs,
and completely computer-generated imagery produces a hybridized landscape
that is surreal in its incongruities and yet remains grounded because of
references to the familiar.
These art works -- representing 50 years of the artist's exploration of
worlds of unseen form -- are visual manifestations of the dynamic software
procedures by which they grew. They may be viewed as visual celebrations
of the information processing procedures embedded in today's culture.