Karenina.it - Digital Visual Art / Vancouver
Digitalis II: The Spiritual in Digital Art
James K-M Curator
February 17 - March 29, 2003
Digitally generated prints are the core of this exhibition, which marries
present day art making to new media techniques. Organized in collaboration with the Digitalis Digital Art Society and The Evergreen Cultural Centre in the new Town Centre in Coquitlam, BC (Vancouver).
Opening Friday, February 21 from 7 - 10 PM, the exhibition will run
until March 29.
The Digitalis Digital Art Society and the Evergreen Cultural Centre
are pleased to present DIGITALIS 2: THE SPIRITUAL IN DIGITAL ART, an
international exhibition of 31 digital print artists, as well as 2
installations, 5 CD-ROMs, 6 web sites, 2 videos, 2 audio works and 3
performances from Canada, Argentina, Israel, Austria, Chile, Spain,
Italy, Hungary, Poland, Great Britain, Australia and the United
It has always seemed to me that art comes from or is destined for a place beyond itself. Mystics call this place a realm beyond thought and for me this realm represents a viable, visual, pre-literate, multi-sensory and spiritual path for all to interface with. All the works in this exhibition evoke this metaphysical realm and represent a diversity of strategy to get at or interface with that place beyond thought, time and art.
DIGITALIS 2 is our second exhibition of mainly digital print and it is the mission of the Digitalis Digital Art Society in curating this exhibition to explore what the digital world has to offer the analogue world. Hence our interest in the traditional picture hanging on a wall. Unlike Digitalis 1, which was held at Moon Base Gallery in Vancouver in December 2001 (see 02.gallery archive at http://www.undergroundart.120seconds.com/), we have included a small selection of work that resides only in the computer such as CD-ROMs, a DVD-Video and Web sites. The two worlds of digital/computer media and analogue/print media can certainly co-exist and complement each other very well, but our interest here is in how the first can propel the second forward, carrying as much tradition with it as the medium can handle.
Some of the work in this exhibition is not what you would call technically accomplished but most is. Some artists are still in transition and dependent on how well they can understand a Photoshop manual, how large a paper size their home ink jet printers can take or how much RAM they can afford. Others have day jobs where they teach the software they create with or otherwise are employed or self-employed creating commercial Web sites, CD/DVD-ROMs, CD-Audio, DVD-Videos, printed annual reports, newspaper layout or graphic design and all with software like Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark, Director, Flash, Dreamweaver, Pro Tools, Final Cut Pro, After Effects or DVD Studio Pro. In the end though, it is the inspiration, insight, vision and spiritual struggle in any artist that drives the software we use and which is represented by the work in this show.
This exhibition is about the spiritual in digital art. This is not a show about the existential. In selecting the work I simply tried to sense a spiritual visual communication that makes contact with the life of forms, the mysterious realm beyond thought, of no-thingness and a depth of simultaneous play, radiance, introspection, light and darkness. None of this work is necessarily about the computer or the software used. What we have here is the unknown interfaced with a marvelous convergence of everything our civilization has collected; a convergence of oil painting, photography, Pop Art, ritual, male and female spirit, technology, dream communication, criticism and cultures.
Opening Night Presentations & Performances
February 21, 7 - 10pm in the Studio Theatre & Art Gallery
Joseph Franklyn & Donna McElroy (Electric Hands, Inc.) ~ "Aphasia-Ellipsis"
by Christina McPhee (sound by Christina McPhee & Matt Rogalsky) ~ The Mac
Classics ~ Presentations of videos and CD-ROMs
Pictured above: The Alchemical Pair Creates New Space by Carol Sill
The core of this exhibition is a juried selection of digitally generated
artwork and new media by over 50 artists from around the world including
Canada, United States, Great Britain, Australia, Italy, Spain, Poland,
Hungary, Argentina and Israel. The exhibition features digital print,
interactive media, computer music, installation and performance art and is
organized in collaboration with the Digitalis Digital Art Society and
curated by Digitalis founder, James K-M
MICHAEL ALSTAD ~ MARCIA H. BABLER ~ SYLVIA GRACE BORDA ~
WILLIAM M. BYRNE ~JO COOK ~ ROBERT CORWIN ~ CATERINA DAVINIO
~ MARTIN DES ROCHERS ~ PETER DESMET ~ DOKTOR J ~ JOAN FABIAN
~ JAMES FELTER ~ RICK GIBSON ~ JALEEN GROVE~ JAMES K-M ~
KAREN KUSLANSKY ~ CLAUDE LAMARCHE-2/NPC ~ DAVID LEITH ~
PETER LENKEY-TOTH ~ AENEAS MACRAE ~ JORGE MANGHI ~
CHRISTINA MCPHEE ~ ANNABELLE MEACHAM ~ IMA PICO ~ MARK
ATOMOS PILON ~ DENIS SARGENT ~ CAROL SILL ~ BILL THOMSON ~
REAGAN THOMSON ~ JEREMY TURNER ~ IGOR ULANOVSKY ~ PAMELA
WELLS ~ JOSEPH FRANKLYN & DONNA MCELROY ~ ANNMARIE
LANESEY ~ ISABEL ARANDA ~ FABRIZIO CONIGLIO & ANDREA RAVIOLA
~ DAVID HADEN ~ LISA ~ JASON NELSON ~ MARINA ZURBARINI ~
ROBERTA BROWN & LESLEY GILCHRIST ~
MICHELLE GLASER, ANDREW HUTCHISON & MARIE-LOUISE XAVIER ~
GLORIOUS NINTH ~ JOANNA HOFFMANN ~ JANE HUDSON ~
PETER STALEY ~ GRUNDIK & SLAVA.
Pictured above: Prosterné Alevin / Évolution 1 by Claude Lamarche-2/NPC
The Evergreen Cultural Centre is located at
1205 Pinetree Way,
Coquitlam, BC, 30 minutes by car or 50 minutes by bus from Vancouver,
British Columbia, Canada. Gallery hours are Monday to Saturday, noon
5 PM. Thursdays to 8 PM. The Gallery phone # is 604-927-6550.
From Vancouver by car: Take highway 1 east to exit 44 and follow
highway 7 (not 7A). Do not make any turns as highway 7 will turn into
Pinetree Way. After crossing Guildford make an immediate right turn
into the Evergreen parking lot.
From Vancouver by bus: From Burrard Station (Bay 8) or anywhere east
along Hastings Street take the '160 Port Coquitlam Centre' bus to
Coquitlam station. Transfer to the '97 B-Line Lougheed Station' bus
to Guildford and Pinetree. During rush hour only (3:00pm - 6:00 pm)
160 bus goes all the way to Guildford and Pinetree direct.