(art)n Artists: 

Ellen Sandor, Chris Kemp, Diana Torres, and Michael Cone

Size: 
24"x24" and 30"x30"
Medium: 

Digital PHSCologram Sculpture

Materials: 

Duratrans, Kodalth, Plexiglas

Collections: 

(art)n

Description: 

"For fun I have turned to the unseen spots of nature–innards of flowers–and curious forms in all things."

Imogen Cunningham

Garden of Digital Delights is an homage to five unique artists who were inspired by flora culture, spanning innovations in vintage photographic processes, such as those explored by Man Ray, Imogen Cunningham and Robert Mapplethorpe, juxtaposed with video installation art by Nam June Paik and the computer generated imagery of Charles Csuri. Each panel is part of an electronic bouquet that lyrically connects these artists with nature, featuring virtual orchids and calla lilies that are illuminated as a digital sculpture reminiscent of Paik's Garden of Earthly Delights.

Man Ray is considered the father of process oriented photography, whose innovations with solarizing techniques revealed new ways to see the world with a painterly vision. Imogen Cunningham is a preeminent American photographer from California who worked with Edward Curtis and was a friend of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston who became known for her nude studies and botanical portraits. Robert Mapplethorpe is renowned for his photographs of male and female portraits and nude studies, and was inspired by Cunningham to capture the form of flowers, portraying them as natural sculptures with his camera. Nam June Paik is considered the father of video art for combining moving images with video and TV monitors that are often displayed as works of public sculpture. Charles Csuri is a pioneer of computer graphics art who was the first artist to receive a grant from the National Science Foundation. Previous collaborations with (art)n include Wondrous Spring, featuring an intimate floral study of color and light.

"Two Callas" is considered among Imogen Cunningham's most significant floral portraits, and was included in the groundbreaking "Film und Foto" exhibition in Stuttgart in 1929 and in Beaumont Newhall's "Photography 1839-1937" exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in 1937. Cunningham's matte-surface prints of flora phenomena were also exhibited at the M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco in 1932, which was reviewed by Ansel Adams in the short run of a local arts and literary journal called "Fortnightly" where he praised: "MIss Cunningham's art easily dominates in her exceedingly fine technique of visualization: she knows what she wants to do and succeeds in doing it well within the limitations of her medium. Her work is very beautiful and sincere."

References

"Garden of Earthly Delights," 1986, Nam June Paik, mixed media sculpture with seven TV sets, inscribed in Chinese "Electronic Garden" from the Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Collection

"Calla Lilies," ca. 1930, Man Ray, 13 3/8" x 10 3/8" Vintage solarized gelatin silver print from the Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Collection

Bibliography

Alinder, Mary Street; Heyman, Therese Thau and Rosenblum, Naomi (1992) "Seeing Straight: The F.64 Revolution in Photography." University of Washington Press, Seattle, Washington.

Lorenz, Richard (1996). Imogen Cunningham: Flora. Little, Brown and Company, Boston, Massachusetts. pg. 21