Having all but abandoned traditional pigment, dye and ink, I find myself dazzled by a computer digital medium that allows me to paint with electrons streaming in rainbows of infinite light in a space as alive as the atmosphere itself. The affordable computer with its' growing body of software tools is unprecedented because together they form a light speed synaptic medium which allows one to create, modify, change, store, capture, scan and infinitely model in real time whatever the mind can conjure. I can think of no medium past or present that coalesces so many powerful artistic tools within arms reach. My subject matter draws upon the fact that we are at a momentous juncture in human history. We are at the dawn of staggering change driven by new physics, astronomy, biology and neuroscience and artists cannot ignore the extraordinary cosmic view of the universe being revealed today. A new subject matter is at hand that demands our participation.
WORLDS LARGEST DIGITAL PAINTING DEBUTS ON WORLDS LARGEST COMPUTERIZED SCREEN
The HIPerSpace 286,720,000 pixel screen (Calit2) at UC San Diego measuring 31.8 x 7.9 feet was a remarkable one-of-a-kind display solution for artist Roger Ferragallo who recently debued his massive 546,000,000 pixel painting, "Cosmic Tree Of Life 2,0" (CTOL).
Underway since 2004 the CTOL2.0 painting, "is a work in progress and will continue for the forseeable future", Ferragallo explains. The object in producing a continuing work of such scale is driven by the artist's belief that emerging new physics and Hubble galactic subject matter being revealed today by science and astronomy has overtaken our centuries old view of the universe. In the artist's words, "I paint with digital light and scale because we are witness today to a profoundly staggering view of mankind's place in a colossal universe of unparalleled scale and splendor". YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awkGbvBz301
"My object in producing such a work of scale" the artist tells us, "derives from my interest in science and has driven me as an artist to view how profoundly connected we are to a vast fine-tuned universe that has in the past 75 years, overtaken our centuries old view of our place in the cosmos". Furthermore he foresees an era when artists will revisit the splendid cosmic visions of Michelangelo's Sistine Ceiling and great Cathedral works of Correggio and others with works that speak to the awesome discoveries being revealed today in physics, astronomy, biology and neuroscience.
CTOL is also currently being exhibited live and interactively at GIGAPAN.COM, a web project develped by Carnegie Mellon University with partners Google Earth, NASA Ames and National Geographic. GIGAPAN is a global project that invites high resolution photographic panoramas from around the world. They invited CTOL because of it's uniqueness and scale as a high resolution digital fine art painting: http://www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=868