Monday, December 30, 2013

iPad art, Hockney exhibit

Apps, Tech, digital art --

He creates his work with an app built by former Apple software engineer Steve Sprang of Mountain View, Calif., called Brushes, which along with dozens of other programs like Touch Sketch, SketchBook Mobile and Bamboo Paper are being snapped up by artists, illustrators and graphic designers. Together, the artists are developing new finger and stylus techniques, with Hockney's vanguard work offering innovative approaches. "David Hockney is one of the living masters of oil painting, a nearly-600-year-old technology, and thus is well positioned to have thought long and hard about the advantages of painting with a digital device like the iPad," said Binghamton University Art Historian Kevin Hatch in New York. Hatch said a "digital turn" in the art world began about 25 years ago, as the Internet gained popularity, and he said today most artists have adapted to using a device in some way as they create art. A similar shift happened almost 100 years ago with the dawn of photography, he said, when innovations such as the small photograph cards and the stereoscope captured the art world's imagination. (source infra)

iPad art gains recognition in new Hockney exhibit  | " . . . while iPad work is still novel, the physicality of painting and drawing have gone on for millennia. "These gestures are as old as humans are ... Go back to cave paintings, they're using finger movements to articulate creative expressions." Hockney, 76, started drawing on his iPhone with his thumb about five years ago...." (read more at link above)

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