Mike King: #2

  • ©1989, Mike King, #2

Artist Statement:


    I have been involved in the use of computers in fine art for about six years, and write software for my own and other artists’ use, and run classes in the subject (at the City of London Polytechnic). I have explored many aspects of the medium, concentrating on static images for the time being. I think that the visual possibilities of the new medium are only beginning to be realized, and I am convinced that computers will have in the long term a significant impact both on the way that artists work, and in the visual language they employ.

    In my latest series I have been exploring some of the problems of producing expressive imagery with 3-D software: many systems that artists use originate from engineering applications and can limit expressiveness. By building my own more organic-based modeler and placing the rendered 3-D images in specially-generated backgrounds I can begin to make a more personal statement, and am able to explore abstract meanings within the language of 3-D volume, weight and juxtaposition. I have always been interested in the effect on one of the presence and distribution of large volumes such as building, trees and mountains. For example, when a building or tree disappears in a familiar place, such as the street one lives in, one feels its absence in a curious way that is not just to do with spatial perception: it is an emotional thing, though a rather abstract