STEVEN BREAUX: SOLO Turtle Prints
*I began to look for ways to combine tactile drawing and painting within a digital context in order to “humanize” the sometimes robotic look of digital imagery. A hand-drawn mark has the potential to carry unique, individualized information. And I am interested in the ability or inability of technology to translate these unique properties, through scanners and printers and software, into the final image.
In fact I believe that for the artist the crucial test (in at least the short run) for the viability of 2 dimensional, still digital imagery will be how well can the computer infuse digital imagery with the unique individualized information contained within a line created by a hand. Current biotech research suggests this may eventually be possible.
TURTLE DIAGRAM,GRAPHS WEEDS OF ARTWORLD
*In choosing a turtle diagram I wanted an “object” that couldn’t exist in the physical world except by the computer or within the computer. I used the scanned brushwork which starts as a physical thing and move it into the realm of the digital. Then I “paint” the diagrams with physical paint and mentally use a process related to Asian brush work, emphasizing “mental,” spiritual processes while painting the diagram. I use this mental process because currently no programmed computer can achieve this aspect of art.
The graphs are used because they are considered weeds of the visual world and their existence is between the real and the virtual. They represent “greater” processes- their status as fully fleshed-out citizens of the world is questionable.*