Scan, the national institute for computer animation in Groningen, has enabled me to work with the Aesthedes graphics computer. In my work the process and experimentation (within certain pre-established limitations) are central, not a carefully planned final result.
Colorpatches, photographs, objects, etc are, after they have been digitized with a camera, the basic visual material that I then combine and manipulate with the paint capabilities of the computer. The resulting images carry a contrast between organic structures and anorganic pixels.
Another point of departure is typography. I use forms of characters because of their meaning and content. For most people characters belong to the world of graphic design and have nothing to do with fine arts. I would like to oppose that idea by creating “fine art” that consists of nothing else then characters. This form of art is for me not only a play of forms, but also contains an intrensic content that results from the form of the chosen characters and their combinations.
- Apostolis Zolotakis (Greece/Netherlands) graduate student Minerva Artschool Groningen, Aesthedes instructor SCAN, Groningen, NL