Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Art Gallery: A Love Supreme

A Love Supreme (2003)
Digital media

The first (in alphabetical order) of my Digital Artworks 2003 series, which was created entirely in Paint Shop Pro on a standard desktop PC. The title refers to the 1964 John Coltrane album, one of the true masterpieces of jazz music. As you can see, my titles often aimed towards popular culture, usually film or music. All part of my long impulse to marry Andy Warhol pop art with abstract expressionism. Or perhaps I just always wanted to play in a rock band. Either explanation works.

One more point about the 2003 Digital series: many, if not most, of these pieces were created as tiles. This means that multiple copies could be connected to create a large, seamless pattern. I spent an enormous amount of time in those days playing Quake 3 Arena and Unreal Tournament on my PC, and was especially inspired by the thriving fan community, who created their own levels and worlds for everyone to play. These user-generated maps were immensely inspired, far more creative and inventive than anything seen in the official videogames. It was like running through an endless array of virtual art galleries by underground digital artists.

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