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Traditional art meets high-tech world

May 12, 2011|By Terri Martin

The leap from darkroom to digital has opened up new fine art possibilities. First glance at the “Visions and Concepts” exhibition at the Burbank Creative Arts Center Gallery implies just another art show, 26artists participating with their latest creations. But deeper scrutiny reveals a documentation of various methods and materials with which these personal masterpieces are developed, including 21st century technology to render artwork.

Ancient techniques using pen and ink, graphite and paint to render images on paper, canvas and even birch board are well represented in the exhibition. These works born of the classical techniques are very important. After all, their natural effects are what technology has copied using mathematics. The advancements are more than just a reproduction of multiple artworks manipulated traditionally, but a use of technology from start to finish as a means of fine art expression.

Within the digital art spectrum, several artists showing in the exhibition explore the use of digital ink prints on canvas, combined with watercolor on paper, or as part of mixed-media collage. But this new media is exemplified by the work of Michael Cameneti, truly a visual arts technati. This artist works exclusively from his own photographs. After scanning or downloading images, Cameneti digitally alters, combines elements from various photos, crops, composes and experiments with light and color, and creates a finished image ready for reproduction.

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Cameneti uses the ultimate in digital painting processes to produce a finished work of art once his digital designing is complete. These archival prints are accomplished using a Giclée process. Giclée is a French word that means “to spray.” A computer controlled printing process sprays pigment as programmed by the artist, onto canvas, board, or paper. Cameneti uses 100% cotton rag, museum quality paper as the ground for his digital paintings. The result of participating in the pioneering of this technological application for the last dozen years or so are brilliant paintings, pigment on high quality ground material—a meeting of his fine and commercial art experience. Advantages are the ability to produce high quality multiples in a variety of sizes, and the ability to archive digital originals.

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