Digital Media Development- Artists x 4
Digital Media is a whole new scary area of research for me. Not only do I need to learn how to use search words and terms correctly to actually get to the information I need, I have to look into my own psyche and find a way to be alright with my own vulnerability. To show the world where my weaknesses are in terms of creativity and how climbing out of my own comfort zone is possible but is nonetheless, an emotional roller coaster.
So, to this end I have begun to look for artists that are an inspiration to me; that help me to form a foundation of what is possible within the vast realms of digital media and to help me formulate a pathway through my own detritus.
Adam Martinakis is a digital artist and interior designer, working mainly in 3d digital image/rendering – animation and digital sculpture and was initially against using digital media to produce art. However, he now creates digital environments and scenes that are surrealistic, realistic, and abstract. He has been published worldwide and sells his work online. Interestingly he is partially colour blind and yet he uses colour and the lack of it to help to express his art very successfully with his images having depth and intrigue.
Since 2000 he has worked as a freelance artist with a base in Athens, Greece. He explores people and emotion, capturing experiences and moments in time and these final still images are very powerful. His work examines in detail, the human condition: life, death, and everything in between. “The Remains of Memory” for example, was about a couple who loved each other very deeply and fell into an eternal sleep. The fibrous forms that he created is their lasting memory of the love they shared, woven into infinity. It evokes in me the longing to love that deeply, and for that love to transcend death, becoming ephemeral and beautiful despite the inevitability of decay. His website can be found here: http://www.martinakis.com/
Esmahan Oskan studied economics but was drawn to photography and expresses emotion through her work. She uses predominantly black and white but she does use colour for some of her images. Her work explores the the multitude of emotions we, as human experience and encourages the viewer to look into the image to the story behind it. She uses light to create not only atmosphere but depth, and in some of her work she uses narrative by linking photographs. These narratives convey an amazing amount of information using just two or three images. She also chooses very generic locations. They could be anywhere in the world or nowhere at all: stairwells, park benches and window ledges to name but a few.
Esmahan has been published in several photographic books, sells online and has exhibited her work on digital media websites such as http://www.artlimited.net/10801 and http://www.artflakes.com/en/shop/esmahan-ozkan
I have included Esmahan in my list because as an amateur photographic artist, she inspires and motivates me to keep picking up my camera, getting out into Nature and allowing my surroundings to keep informing me of the direction of my own art. Although predominantly Esmahan is drawn to melancholy, I see this as the contemplative stage before change. Light is beginning to filter into the dreams that are manifesting and building towards happiness. Her website can be found here: http://www.esmahanozkan.com/
Bill Fontana was educated in music and philosophy. His sound installation called Silent Echoes has quite literally, haunted me for some time. You can hear the sound of the bell “not ringing” here: http://resoundings.org/Pages/Silent_Echoes.html
This particular piece has resonated with me since my discovery of it during my HNC year at college. The ambient sounds around the bell draws you in and transports you to another realm, connecting you to other lives lived in far away places, reaching endlessly to put a name to the ineffable experience. It was produced by using a high-resolution sound recording along with a high-definition camera and the energy it creates is incredible.
Bill Fontana chooses to challenge the visual expectation of an environment by adding unexpected sound art almost forcing people to re-investigate their surroundings and tune back into the world that we so often and so easily tune out of. This drive to challenge the casual passer by and their relationship with urban spaces comes through in all of his work. you can experience it for yourself here: http://www.resoundings.org/
Bruce Munro uses light to produce beautiful installations across the globe. He takes his inspiration from his travels and uses light to convey the essence of a space and an emotion. He trained in art but went on to run a successful business before “Art” found him again. He uses a lot of halogen lights and projection to accomplish his creations, some small, but the majority are on an epic scale such as “Magic Carpet”. This piece has been installed in many locations including churches and castles, and the viewer is immersed in the multitude of colour and sound of the space. Take a look at his “Field of Light” here: http://www.brucemunro.co.uk/installations/field-of-light/
I am drawn to this kind of creativity as being asked to lose your usual perception of the space you inhabit is challenging, and I find as I get older, I like to be challenged to experience life from a different perspective.
Overall, there are aspects of all of the artists I have chosen, that inspires and motivates me to examine my own art and the direction I will be taking it….or the direction my art will be taking me. Is my sentient self in control of my art, or is the art in control of me?