Re: artists and society...

Je ne regrette rien (LOOMER@ECSUC.CTSTATEU.EDU)
Mon, 14 Jul 1997 20:26:02 -0400 (EDT)

lile and all -
this makes me think of a modest collaboration i am currently doing
with a very creative artist who works pretty much exclusively in computer
graphics. lately, i have ftp'ed him some of my black and white photographs
and he has played with them using all kinds of treatments in his various
graphical software, and sometimes colorizing them. then we did the same
thing with an etching/aquatint i had done -- a two-color etching. i sent
it to him in one of the color combinations i had done (i also experimented
with variations, but with a range of only two colors at a time), and also
sent it to him in black and white reproduction. he liked the black and
white best for his purposes, and proceeded to start applying all *kinds*
of color to it. the original etching is in a traditional medium so is
within traditional protections for *my* creative product. once i shipped
the image off, his contribution made the end result an on-line product,
easily reproduced, and prey to all the concerns of copyright, etc., that
have been raised here. what he and i are enjoying right now is the
bouncing things back and forth, and each contributing part of an end
result. i haven't *met* this person yet in real life (but i suspect we
will meet sometime). only in cyberspace would a collaboration like this
flourish, i contend. so there is another gift of cyberspace to fine art.
i am putting the finishing touches on my first webpage. when it has
been uploaded, i expect it will include pointers to at least the etching/
color exploration i describe above. i will be sure to direct you all to
it (and to the webpage).


"she's got everything she needs, she's an artist, she don't look back"
- bob dylan