The Art of Judith Kindler / The Use of Digital Media in the Arts
Kindler melds together seamlessly - photography, digital constructions, paintings with many different medias and objects, both found and constructed. The use of technology in contemporary art has been heralded by Curators and Museums as "a watershed moment in the entire field of contemporary art, one which will bring new, previously unimagined forms of artistic expression as well as new possibilities for more established forms." Here are some comments from The Whitney and SF Museum of Modern Art curators on the value and importance of its use in contemporary art:
Lawrence Rinder, the Whitney Museum of American Art's Curator of Contemporary Art, writes in his essay Art in the Digital Age (BitStreams): "Digital technology has become the ultimate tool for capturing the nuances of the unreal. Artists have taken advantage of their unprecedented control over sensation and information to produce works that challenge our everyday perceptions of color, form, sound, space and time… Digital technologies are contributing to the sense that the boundaries between the organic and inorganic, the known and unknown, the real and unreal, are being blurred beyond recognition."
Today's artists may be employing new technologies to reflect contemporary issues, but the purpose is the same as it has always been: to engage and, at the same time, transcend the social context in which they live. Quite simply, artists working with digital media are just utilizing another medium for expression while observing our contemporary context and the ramifications that the increasing digitization of day-to-day life has on our society.
Rinser of the Whitney notes: "Artists can now create seamless chimeras that resonate with contemporary anxieties about the instability of perception and even life itself in this age of virtual reality and genetic engineering. BitStreams (Whitney Museum of American Art, 22 March - 10 June 2001) explored the Digital Age not as something external to us, residing solely in technological objects or in a kind of 'techno' style, but rather as a constellation of physical, emotional and cognitive phenomena which have transformed aspects of human experience."
Through their common use of digital software, photography, film, video, installation, sculpture, and sound, have developed closer connections, inspiring fascinating crossovers among the media. According to the Whitney's Rinder: "Previously distinct media such as photography, video, and film are merging as artists from diverse disciplines turn to digital media to extend the boundaries of their work. This is a watershed moment in the entire field of contemporary art, one which will bring new, previously unimagined forms of artistic expression as well as new possibilities for more established forms."
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) media arts curatorial associate, Kathleen Forde's opinion is: "The most groundbreaking effect that digital technology has had on art practice is the hybridization that has occurred in art forms. There is now a common ground -- that of digitisation -- shared between and among art forms which blurs the line of what traditional media once was. Music, sound, painting, sculpture, design, architecture, live arts, online work, time-based media, are conflating, merging into one blurry landscape of a media that cannot be defined in simple terms."
A Little Piece of the Sky, Judith Kindler, 2014, Mixed Media embedded in Resin on three panels.