Computer art is, by its nature, evolutionary. Changes in technology and software directly affect what is possible in the world of computer art. New software for creating such art is constantly becoming available. Seems just when we figure out the newest art making technology, the next newest art making technology comes out for us try. Computer or digital art has become a traditional form of art growing beyond the digital technologies of the venturous engineers and scientists of the 1960’s. Many traditional disciplines are now integrating digital technologies, combining traditional painting with algorithm art and other digital techniques, as a result, the lines between traditional works of art and new media works created using computers has been blurred. I for one am over the moon happy about this integration and constantly find new joy in creating, appreciating and collecting digital art and the technologies used to create them.
One of my favorite artist, Jean-Pierre Hébert, is an independent artist who perfected algorithmic art creating computational drawings and mixed media. He has such a passion for lines. I adore his work and will be ever fascinated by his mastery of print. Hébert’s brilliance in digital conceptual algorithmic art began in 1974 with an hp 9830. He has experienced the evolution of software and print technology from the beginning. I admire this artist for his grace and hope to master the art of print some day just like Jean-Pierre Hébert.
Computer art is a new medium but it will be around for a long time to come. We have computerized our lives, why not our art?
Historic Proportions, Computer Art by Mary Clanahan