What lesson does painting offer digital artists?

Casual art enthusiasts in our digital age might believe the old adage, “Painting is dead.” This claim was made in 1839 by the French painter Paul Delaroche.

Despite the new materials that artists are using, the discipline, lessons and knowledge of painting are still of great value. Many of today’s digital artists embrace this value, as evidenced by the new exhibition “Painting in the Network: Algorithm and Appropriation” at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts at the University of Louisville.

The exhibition includes works by seven contemporary artists who explore how the values ​​and practices applied to painting are still used today in the digital arts. Artists include Cory Arcangel, Alex Dodge, Laeh Glenn, Gabriel Orozco, Davis Rhodes, Tabor Robak and Siebren Versteeg.

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“Most of these artists are very talented computer programmers – a talent evidenced by their elaborate digital compositions and sophisticated algorithms,” said Chris Reitz, director of galleries at Hite, which includes the Cressman Center.

Among the works, Dodge does his work by scanning objects through a 3D scanner or creating objects using a 3D modeling program. He then creates elaborate patterns similar to textiles in 2D design software and imports them into the 3D models before draping his fabric constructions with the patterns onto the 3D object. Finally, he uses stencils and paint which give sculptural qualities to his 2D surface.

WHEN: Until April 8. Public lecture/interview with curator Chris Reitz by Courier-Journal writer and art critic Elizabeth Kramer at 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 28.

OR: Cressman Center for Visual Arts, 100 E. Main St. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Friday; 11am-3pm, Saturday.


INFORMATION: (502) 852-6794; louisville.edu/art

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Marilyn M. Davis