Ongoings: The Fine Arts Gallery

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 possible.

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 and support.

Lynn Pocock
Chair, Ongoings: the Fine Arts Gallery

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Ongoings: the Fine Arts Gallery Committee | Curatorial Advisory Committee

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