Dear San D:
Very interesting answer. I wish you would post it to the whole group so
people can respond.
>This is a personal reply because this truly is a personal opinion on
>this subject, albeit a reply that does affect my students directly.
>First let us establish that I am not afraid of computers, and use them
>quite extensively from daily emails, to being yearbook adviser with a
>staff of 50 kids doing the yearbook exclusively from layout and design
>to articles using Aldus/pagemaker. (Producing awardwinning yearbooks--of
>around 350-400 pages)
>However----in my opinion NOTHING will ever replace the feeling an artist
>gets while painting, that sensual feeling of the paint as you push it
>around on the canvas, the smell, texture, color, sounds of the brush,
>scrunching, quick stroking,......how about the clay around your hands
>while working in ceramics or the power of the pencil as you make lead
>droppings appear into a 3 D perspective on the flat sheet of paper?
>Computers, to me, while a valuable tool, are just that, another tool.
>But will never replace the sensual magic that working with materials has
>to a human being.
>We are essentially married to the medium we choose as artists, and yes,
>there will be artists who feel connected to their computers, no doubt.
>But I think trying to justify our existance based on our ability to
>incorporate computers is desperate.
>I have said this for years, and will say it again. "We" are not "them".
>The "academics" have tried to define us, and then we have said, OK, we
>will be like you. Look we give tests, we give termpapers. Now the
>"computer departments" are trying to define us, and we say look "we use
>computers,see what we can do"....Sorry...just like "women" are not
>"men", we are not like them....we live parallel lives, perhaps even
>better inventive, creative, and exploratory lives, but not identical
>Yes, we use computers, but our existance does not depend on computers.
>If all electricity were wiped out, we could start a fire, pick up the
>charred wood, and start drawing....