Feature Articles

April Issue 2000

The Florence Museum in Florence, SC, Features an Exhibit of Computer Art

The Precipice of Time - We stand at the Edge of the Century. It is an opportunity to look back at what we have accomplished and a time to look ahead. The future is a time of exciting possibilities for the Florence Museum, in Florence, SC, and so we look forward, towards our future.

Computer Art - Future Art is our celebration of times to come. The new exhibit is showing through June 1 as part of Views from the Edge of the Century, the South Carolina Arts Commission cooperative millennial project. Twenty artists from all over South Carolina will be showing computer generated and manipulated works.

We all have come to realize that computers are "the" workhorses of today's world, both in the business office and in manufacturing. Computers have made it possible to do some amazing things. We work faster, accomplish more and see more possibilities by virtue of the multitasking computer. Artists have found the computer a new, imaginative and very useful tool to compose an image, make a statement and tell a story. It is the job of the artist to open our minds to new ideas and experiences, the possibilities using a computer allows the artist a new way to introduce our eyes, hearts and minds to new imaginings. With computers as a new medium, artists pull together materials from all kinds of sources and manipulate them to construct an image. The basic formula for producing art is still the artists' imaginative process and his creative response.

Imagine the excitement of using oil on canvas, first introduced in the 1500's in Italy. It allowed artists to produce large paintings for the first time without the weight and size hindrance of wood. Canvas is so useful that it is still used 500 years later. Will the computer be such an important innovation?

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings or call the Museum at 843/662-3351.

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