a complex mathematical formula translated into an intricate metal
object. Or a female athlete’s hormones transformed into an
iridescent frozen slab. Welcome to the brave new world of art.
With recent advances
in technology, visual artists are able to create works that once
lived only in their imaginations. Some advances allow greater precision.
Others enable artists to complete a project in hours rather than
days. And some have led to entirely new art forms. Here’s
a look at several media that have embraced new technology.
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Looms, More Ambitious Textiles
When most people think
of weaving, they envision a simple wooden loom. But in the UW Fibers
Program, the newest looms are computerized and can weave stunningly
“Even if you start
using digital technology just to make better prints,” says
Paul Berger, director of the UW Photography Program, “it soon
leads off into new directions.”
Methods for Metals
High-tech equipment in
the UW Metals Program makes possible "such fine detail, such
precision, that you can do things that would be almost impossible
Most faculty teach both traditional and new methods in
the arts. Then there’s Shawn Brixey. “Traditional”
is not even in Brixey’s vocabulary.
Article : Defying Categorization: DXARTS
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