Gallery Features Digital Composites by Bergman
Based on the “spontaneous but systematic reordering of the visual source materials,” digital artist Joseph Bergman’s gallery presentation, titled “Works on Paper: Drawing and Digital Art,” does not directly explore the communication of ideas, says Bergman, “but the visual materials for their own sake.”
Bergman’s digital composites and drawings in various media are on display from Nov. 14th through Dec. 8th in the Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery located in the Clack Art Center at Alma College.
Admission is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. A closing gallery reception takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec 8th.
Digital composite by Joseph Bergman
Bergman describes his works as “archival digital inkjet prints” — also known as giclee prints, in which digital images are generated from high-resolution scans. Bergman's images recall 20th century collages, in which the intent was to attach diverse materials over a common surface to create one work of art.
The art of digital composites — of which Bergman’s pieces are a prime example — results in making a composite work by methodically accumulating images and materials and carefully layering a number of colorful, provocative photographic sources that are layered in digital programs to create a seamless print. The composites are created from various scans, photographs, drawing and vector designs, and the work is done overwhelmingly in the digital realm.
Although there are always ideas in works of art, Bergman’s works are not trying to convey a message so much as creating something new through the serendipitous reorganization of existing materials, says Bergman.
“Through the process of deconstruction, ordering and reconstruction, new infinite possibilities arise,” he says. “This might be thought of as a visual analog to improvisational jazz.”
Bergman is a retired professor of art and design from Siena Heights University in Adrian, where he taught printmaking, drawing, design, graphic design and digital imaging from 1972 to 2006. He received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Pratt Institute and a master of fine arts degree from Pennsylvania State University.
Posted: Thu, November 10th, 2011 at 5:10PM