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“From Line to Pixel”, Bill Claps and Richard Brown

Salomon Arts Gallery
83 Leonard Street, 4th floor, 212 966-1997
Tribeca / Downtown
March 25 - April 22, 2011
Reception: Friday, March 25, 6 - 9 PM
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Salomon Arts Gallery is pleased to announce “From Line to Pixel”, an exhibition featuring drawings and paintings from artists Bill Claps & Richard Brown.

In 1925 Paul Klee said “A line is a dot that went for a walk.” With today’s digital technology, lines can become dots, and then digitally manipulated back into lines again. This opens up infinite artistic possibilities, but in the process raises questions of where the work of the hand ends and the work of the computer begins. This exhibition contrasts the differences between traditional and digital painting by exploring the processes of two emerging artists. Both use drawings of the human form as the point of departure for their works, but utilize divergent approaches in the use of the line to achieve their final vision.

Claps’ sensuous figurative work combines elements of both drawing and painting, and he draws directly into the canvas using oil pastel, graphite, charcoal, and other materials. “My work explores the intersection of representation and abstraction, and the line is essential, as its path through the work tells the story and evokes the mood. As my works evolve they take on a certain life of their own, at which point I facilitate the process and act as an arbitrator, deciding which structural elements deserve more or less prominence”.

In contrast, Brown’s vibrant graphic works evolve from a process that begins with computer renderings of his hand drawn figures, which he scans and re-draws digitally, adding colors and continually modifying via a computerized airbrush technique. “My process has been developed over years of trial and error until I’ve come up with a distinctive signature style”.

This exhibition seeks to re-examine the age-old question of “What is Art?” by contrasting these artist’s divergent styles and methods, one traditional and one implementing digital techniques. What is the effect on artistic purity and authenticity in our era when technology is often utilized in new and changing ways?
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