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April 24, 2006

Artist Jochem Hendricks

Background information and description of Jochem Hendricks:
So many times art that is created with technology such as computers is not truly seen as a work of art. In some ways, I can honestly understand why many people believe this. (Or I should say I USED TO understand why people thought this). However, now that I have worked with this type of media to create some of my own art I have a new found respect for it. This form of art still takes time, effort, and skill. The other argument that people have against digital art is that there isn't a feeling of originality. With the programs such as Photoshop people are very able to go into images and make them almost too perfect. This creates images that are no longer hand made or crafted. However, the artist Jochem Hendricks from Germany gets the feeling of process and originality in his work. Not only does he leave his work alone (don't "fix it up" in Photoshop), but he also draws in a scribble-like way. The process of drawing in his work is done by having people physically wear goggles with infrared video that traces the eye's movements. This then is transferred onto a computer. The finished product is then a complex line drawing that sometimes turns up a recognizable image of what the person was looking at and tracing with their eye. However, the traced image usually ends up being a large scribbled mess - which is very interesting to think that that is how our eyes view things.
This link leads to some of his work:
http://www.medienkunstnetz.de/works/augenzeichnungen/

Context and Category in the book: Chapter One: digital technologies as a tool:
This is quite obvious how he incorporates digital technology as a tool in his work. If someone were to try to draw exactly what their eye was looking at including the jumping around that it does, it would never be acurate. By having this infrared available to him he is able to show this eye activity very precisely. It is quite a complicated process because it involves infrared lasers that are hooked up to goggles that someone wears, and this entire set up is hooked up to a laser printer that prints out the final image of eye movements.

Specific work I like:
"Hand (left eye)" I really like how this image turned out because it is recognizable to viewers. No doubt this is an image of a hand, however it is still very abstract due to the way in which is was created. This image ended up having a very cubist feel to it because of the jagged lines, which I really enjoy because it is a new way of looking at a very common image.

How this may influence my digital art:
After looking at Hendricks' images, it makes me want to create digital art that is left more to it's original or natural style. Rather than going into something such as Photoshop, I would like to make images that have a naturally interesting form and composition to them so I won't have to go in and add effects. I also really like how all of his images are done only in black and white. This makes people look deeper into the form itself, rather than rely so much on color.