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Toray Digital Art Space DIGITAL CREATION AWARDS - 1996

Honorable Mention Award

You Are So Beautiful

COMMENT

This art work is a result of my desire to create an unreal world that at the same time to seem quite familiar to us. So I try to find a way to the delicate spirituality of the audience and awake its own bright and vivid imagination. This unbelievable world which I see in my dreams I can create only using the unlimited possibilities of the computer technologies. I am grateful of Toray which is sponsoring and organizing a pure computer art competition. This is a significant support for such a new contemporary kind of art. I am proud to receive an award from the prestigious judges selecting the winning entries.

On reviewing the entries

Serving as a judge for Tory’s international digital art competition has helped me to realize that exciting new venues for artistic expression continue to be created. There are, of course, other computer graphics competitions of an international scale. But the works in this competition were of an unprecedented artistic level and truly impressive vanety. The reasons are as follows. Unlike some of their predecessors, works in Toray’s competition were not the haphazard result of somebody’s adventures on a computer. Rather, the artists have gone to great strides to create works in which the potential of computer graphics acts as a vehicle for their own objectives of artistic expression. As exemplified in the Grand Prize recipient “Mother and Child " as well as the receiver of the Excellence Award “Golden Retriever Tums Star,” the artists express their poetic world through the use of digital technology. The works remind us of the sense that was historically pursued in painting, prints and printing technology. I was most impressed with the efforts made by the artists to transcend traditional and conventional artistic expression. Works such as “Strange Fruit” (Excellence Award) and “Rhubarb Knee” (Special Award) appear at a single glance to be photos of carvings, but a free form of ideas is alive in these works due to the digital art. This competition exposed us to a vast array of manners of expression, all made possible by technology. Works such as “Brave New Worlds,” “Hunting White Paper” and “You Are So Beautiful” have employed digital art to revamp paintings of the past. The worlds of surrealistic images we see in “In Your Mind’s Juices” and “Holy Mountain” can only be realized by computer graphics. Digiral art not only has been instrumental in digitizing computer images but has opened new doors for humankind’s analog creativity. The fusion of scientific technology and art has come to serve as the base for creative activities. I am reminded of the digitized technology of perspective invented during the Renaissance has forged new ground in a broad spectrum of imagery, from painting to city planning. I look forward to the future development of the Toray’s Digital Creation Awards.