On View of the Islands

"Laughing Meditation III" by Kaethe Kauffman is on view at the ARTS at Marks Garage.

The lure of
digital art

For more than 15 years, fiber arts dominated Carolyn Clark's work. In 1998, digital technologies captured her attention. As befitting the times, she now works exclusively in digital art forms.


Where: The ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays through Aug. 30

Admission: Free

Call: 521-2903

Digital imaging continues to attract fine artists from the traditional disciplines of painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography, thanks to advancements in hardware and software, and the development of archival pigment inks that ensure the longevity of digital imaging.

Clark and three other digital artists -- Kaethe Kauffman, Saint Wayne and Mark Welschmeyer -- will show the diverse world they inhabit in "Digitropolis," a show of digitally generated art continuing at the ARTS at Marks Garage through Aug. 30.

Clark's inspirations come from observing the interplay between shapes, color and balance in both natural and man-made worlds. "I search the islands for textures, plants, shapes and symbols to use in my works," she said.

Kauffman captures the impact of movement on human bodies going through normal daily motions. Wet paint on models' muscles create an image of range of motion in each joint.

"Moving Meditation -- Toes" is another of Kauffman's works on display.

Welschmeyer, who has a background in science with a master's degree in sculpture, has worked with museum display materials for many years and for this show has focused on the diorama used in natural history exhibitions.

His new works force a close look into the artificial quality of the materials used in such displays, echoing the artifice of many digital products.

Saint Wayne starts with mathematical formulas, coefficients, parameters and color formulas, using the Iterated Function System program by Mark Townsend and Chaos Theory by Michael Barnsle, for his evocative "atmospheric calligraphy" to wed technology with renderings of the heart.

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