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.