Saturday, February 16, 2008

Opening Reception Tonight - February 16th
from 4-8pm at Applied Arts.
Drawing in the Age of Information
with Artist Roz Dimon
The reception will include a demonstration on
Wacom’s Digital Pen Tablet at 6pm.
The Exhibition will include ten limited edition digitally
drawn pigment prints of the figure.
5 free training demonstrations will follow:
Monday, February 18th & 25th from 6-6:30pm
Thursday, February 28th & 20th from 5-6pm
Saturday, March 8th from 11am-12pm

Roz Dimon’s Matrix
Creating Multi-Sensory Art For the Web

By Elizabeth Fasolino - East Hampton Star

Dimon at her studio on Shelter Island (2/13/2008). If the first known artists, who painted in the caves of Lascaux in southwestern France nearly 18,000 years ago, were to come back to life in the 21st century, they could walk into any art supply store and be back to work in no time. Sure, there have been a few innovations since 15,000 B.C. — oil and acrylic paints, pencils, and Magik Markers, to name a few — but the basic enterprise of painting and drawing has remained the same: Smear some kind of pigment on some kind of surface in some more or less meaningful pattern, and call it art.

Roz Dimon, 54, a Shelter Island artist, is an exception. For the last 20 years she has been making art on a computer, and more recently has begun to work on an amazing new device called a Wacom tablet, which allows artists to draw and paint on their computer screens. She is one of a handful of early adapters who believes the tablet will become an increasingly popular way of synthesizing technology into the creative process. Only time will tell if artists will embrace the technology, or if the Wacom tablet will go the route of the Segway.
“I’m trying to connect the Web to the wall,” she said last month at her modest house, which, because it is built into a small hill, opens onto a surprising panorama of nearby woodland. “I plug in the way other people take out their charcoal.” Her digital paintings, which she calls “Dimonscapes,” are layered collages of information that are sourced and footnoted like a well-researched academic paper or an official biography.
“It’s taking complexity,” Ms. Dimon said, “and making it simple. We’re in an information world where people want to make sense of things. We’re on the cusp of a new age and it’s not enough to just express yourself anymore. It has to make sense. I’m ready to take things on. People write blogs. Are they writers? There are no rules anymore. I feel we need vehicles to navigate the plethora of visual images.”

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