Award-winning visual artist Alison Jardine’s solo exhibit showcases her new PixelNation series, which blends traditional oil painting with digital technology. The exhibit is on show during September 2011 at the ArtCentre of Plano.
The artworks in PixelNation explore the pixel as a ubiquitous intermediary through which we increasingly interact with the world, store our memories, and gain information and opinions.
Alison is currently embarked on a 365-day quest to create an iPad drawing every day, and share them on Twitter and other social media sites, a project that has received much press and interest. This new practice has influenced her oil paintings, with the two approaches mixing into new ideas, forms and presentations. She melds digital and oil painting interchangeably, and questions what is ‘real’ and what is a ‘representation’, in this age in which our entire lives, memories, and interactions, are digitized.
PixelNation draws intimately on Alison’s own life, family and history, featuring old photographs, digital painting and oil paintings, set within symbolic natural landscapes.
About the Artist
Alison Jardine was born and educated in Yorkshire and London, moving to Texas in 2003.
Since winning free studio space in Dallas through an art competition in 2009, she has exhibited locally and nationally, and her work has been widely featured in both online and print art and culture magazines. She recently completed her first public art piece, which is situated on Henderson Avenue in Dallas (2011-2013). Alison is a published author in art magazines, has taught art in public schools, and she is currently the VP of a local non-profit art organization.
The Reception for Alison Jardine’s Solo Exhibition PixelNation will be held on Friday, September 9th at the ArtCentre of Plano, from 6 until 8 p.m.
About the ArtCentre of Plano
The ArtCentre of Plano is a beautifully renovated Victorian house, located on 18th Street, between Central Expressway and Avenue K.
The exhibit will be showing from September 2nd to September 30th. The catered Reception is on Friday September 9, 2011, from 6 until 8 p.m.
The ArtCentre of Plano is located at 901 18th Street Plano, TX 75074. Visit online at www.artcentreofplano.org.
My artistic vision integrates a naturalistic interpretation of the world with an exploration of the impact of digitization on images and perception.
In a process that begins with location-based photographs and sketches, I digitally manipulate and paint with these images and interweave my intimate emotions and memories. The media used is interchangeable, whether ‘traditional’ oil paints on canvas or wood, or ‘new’ digital paints, and I make no distinction between the two in my work.
I question the distinction between the ‘real’ and the digital. Is that digital photograph on a computer screen of an oil painting the same work or a new one?
Does printing my digital works on paper make them intrinsically different from the one viewed on screen? How can we be sure that the manipulated images we see on our screens are real, or truthful?
Our pasts are stored in the neural networks of our minds, and subject to continual alteration, and now, for the first time in human history, our present life is digitized also. Our experience of the world has a pixelated intermediary. Will we digitize the future?
The contrast between our computer world and the natural world is a source of tension in my work, the rational and the irrational together in one space. The forests, trees, the wide open spaces of the Yorkshire Moors forged my artistic identity as I grew, and in the space of the same years nature has come under increasing pressure, slowly vanishing, becoming extinct.
My works are immersively natural, as I express the beautiful wilderness that is so fragile and important, and yet has no voice except the filtered and edited images that reach us formed from the ubiquitous pixel.