BOTTOM: "The ArchiTech," digital painting on canvas, 2018.
Conceived in 1909, Futurism was a seminal philosophical and artistic movement embracing change and technology at the beginning of the last century.
While incorporating the social dynamics and cultural upheaval in the world around them, the painters, sculptors, writers, musicians and architects attempted to infuse the philosophy of Futurism into every aspect of art and life in a gesture of cultural defiance.
Futurism was inspired by new technology, speed, and the changing architecture in cities. The underlying philosophy of Futurism continues its residual influence into this century at the break-neck speed of modern life. Today, we readily embrace revolutionary new technologies, and incorporate new media art that seamlessly blends art and the machine. Like futurists of the last century, artists today embrace change, and willingly blur the hard edge between traditional art and technology.
I was educated using traditional artistic mediums and techniques, but my teachers encouraged experimentation. In the mid 1980’s I began combining art and technology. Since 2011, I have been working exclusively as a digital
artist. A monitor is my canvas. I paint with colored light, and replace my brush with a stylus. Each painting is composed of electronic data that can be exhibited electronically or mechanically applied to virtually any substrate using archival pigment.
The results are interesting, and often surprising.
- David Wackell, MFA, Administrator, Lecturer and Preparator, Department of Art & Design and Art Center Gallery, Anna Maria College
- Glenn Fournier, Curator, Morini Gallery, Mass Music and Art Society
- Leigh Hall, Member, Atlantic Works Gallery