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Tools change, view is the same

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For most of humanity's span, painting has been dominated by the use of small pigment particles bound in a sticky transparent medium of some kind. In the last century, we've developed new ways of making images. But sometimes, though the tools change, the images are the same. Human experience is human experience after all.

{link url="http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/paul-gauguin/tahitian-women-under-the-palms-1892"}Tahitian Women Under the Palms{/link}, by Paul Gauguin. 1892, oil on canvas, one of the oldest ways to make an image: colourful pigments in a transparent medium.

 

 

{link url="http://www.adrianbobb.com/gallery/environment-design/reclaimed/"}Reclaimed{/link} © Adrian Bobb, used with permission. This beach image was created using Photoshop, in other words by painting with backlit pixels, painting with light. Make sure to visit Adrian's rewarding {link url="http://www.adrianbobb.com/"}science and concept art portfolio{/link}, it's stunning.

 

{link url="http://www.tsienlab.ucsd.edu/Images.htm"}Agar Plate of Fluorescent Bacteria Colonies{/link}, Tsien Laboratory. Will this be the new medium of the future? Not pigments; not pixels, but living material?

The beach. Palm trees. We could show any of these images to an ancestor from thousands of years ago, and they could understand them, even if not how they were created.

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