I Still Use Canvas
Hogan (American, born Arizona. 1982-?)
2012. HTML5 Canvas, resolution independent
What do you do for a living? If you're an artist, then chances are that upon revealing that career choice to others you are immediately asked the follow up question, "oh, do you paint?" And if you don't paint, but maybe you're a sculptor, photographer, musician or any other variety of artist then no question is more annoying.
When I visited the MoMA in New York, one piece stood out from the rest. The artist, Arman, clearly tired of being asked "oh, do you paint?" found a comical way to answer yes. He embedded paint brushes in a box of resin and hung the resin like a painting on the museum wall. Finally he could answer, "[Yes.] I still use brushes."
As net.art continues to evolve, more and more artists are creating digital works. Like Arman, they too are asked "oh, do you paint?" This piece (still a draft) is adapted for those artists. Because, yes, they still use canvas!
I Still Use Brushes
Arman (American, born France. 1928–2005)
1969. Brushes embedded in plastic, in acrylic box, 80 x 80"
See the original at MoMA