As an artist I have had an enriching if not life fulfilling experience working within the digital medium. I abandoned forever sculpture and traditional painting with the availability of startup personal computer graphic tools of 1984. Since then I have dabbled on monitors, my own style's development wired to the ever expanding potential of consumer hardware and software systems. I got better along with the tools I used, with art and machine always threatened with obsolescence, necessitating the purchasing of endless series of upgraded "digital paints." My career as digital artist spans 15 years and I am proud to archive the resulting body of works online in Pygoya Webmuseum of Cyberart at www.lastplace.com. I have become Pygoya, online cyberartist, as my "computer art" casts off output mockup reproductions in favor of exhibiting the original digital imagery, or cyberart, within virtual reality galleries of Truly Virtual Web Art Museum at www.lastplace.com.
Biography: Rodney Chang, better known as the Internet's Pygoya, Cyberartist, was the first digital artist to exhibit in Honolulu, back in 1985. Since then he has exhibited around the world, including Paris, New York City, the U.S.S.R., Germany, England, Japan and India. His 1988 solo show at Shangahi Art Museum was China's historic first computer art exhibition. Currently the artist is curator for his online virtual reality Truly Virtual Web Art Museum, webmaster for Las Vegas Art Musuem Web site and recently organized India's first ever international digital art exhibition (1999). In the 1980's Dr. Rodney Chang gained national notoriety as NBC's Real People Show's "Disco Doc" - filmed dancing in his Honolulu dental clinic's discotheque reception area, complete with staff DJ. The artist is also recognized in Who's Who in America and Ripley's Believe It or Not! for earning 10 college degrees, including 5 masters and 2 doctorates. The artist studied mostly in Chicago and holds a Masters in Painting/Studio Arts and a Ph.D in Aesthetic Psychology. The Creative Process The computer serves as assistant in discovering new art visions for Pygoya. The artist, over the years' parade of changing personal computer systems, always attempts to reinvent his developed "style" on the computer, as much his own input as the evolving technical tools. Then, instead of a hard copy printout that other computer artists exhibit and sell, an intermediary actual painting on canvas is produced to "dedigitize" the work This is done in order to remove a purely technical feeling of computer graphics, which some consider a bit "sterile". Then the working painting is photographed, "redigitalized" and modified through editing refinements by the artist. The "final" work of art is either the Gicl?e prints available here or such a derived digital work is placed online for exhibition in Internet "cyberspace" virtual reality galleries, such as at Pygoya Webmuseum of Cyberart.
Country: United States
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