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2000-08-09 until 2000-09-23
San Bernardino County Museum, Fisk Gallery
Redlands, CA, USA United States of America

Computer-generated art and its three dimensional expression are the subjects of a new exhibit featuring the work of Corinne Whitaker at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands, California. Opening August 9, 2000, corinne_whitaker.uncom explores a completely new visual language, inserting human consciousness into the cyberworld through sensuous, flowing, pulsating and complex constellations of shape, color, value, rhythm and line. The exhibit, curated by Marilyn Prescott, runs through September 23 in the Museum’s Fisk Gallery and is free with Museum admission.

Corinne Whitaker, photographer, artist, writer and lecturer, has been using desktop computers since 1981. A preeminent digital painter, she has exhibited in more than 40 solo and 175 group exhibitions worldwide, including Germany, Thailand, England, Japan, China, and India. Her work has been commissioned by NASA for their permanent collection at the Kennedy Space Center and her web site, www.giraffe.com, has been recognized as Best in CyberArt and by the recent Golden Web Award from the International Association of Web Masters and Designers.

Whitaker, a resident of Carmel, California, works in three main areas. Her digital paintings are constructed with software, an electrostatic tablet and a mouse and then professionally printed. She has also embarked upon digital sculpture, whereby molds are made from 3-D renderings on her computer and then cast in bronze, aluminum or stainless steel. And her work is available on the computer screen at her web site. That’s really where digital art should be viewed, Whitaker points out. The original ‘paintings’ are fluid, in constant motion on the screen. A print can only capture one split-second facet of that work.

Marilyn Prescott, the exhibit’s curator, is an artist, writer and curator living and working in Orange County. Long known as an outspoken proponent of accessible art programming, she has been active in curating shows geared toward educating a general public in what to look for in contemporary art. Streamlined art history lessons, easily understood wall text, and a taste for beautifully-executed two and three dimensional artwork are hallmarks of her exhibits.

Corinne Whitaker is exploring a completely new visual language, says Prescott, and in doing so she is inserting human consciousness into the cyberworld even as consciousness is in the process of being changed by its cohabitation with the phosphorescent screen. Her art embodies the paradox that she explores in her writings: how do we preserve human values in a nonlinear world peopled by the silicon species we are creatingNULL

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