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FEATURED ARTIST: Kara Jansson Kovacev

2009 November 11

 

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Click Here to see the iPhone drawings of Kara Jannson KovacevNew Media Art.  We do have to talk about it, eventually.  We’re talking about it today because of the iPhone drawings of Kara Jansson Kovacev.

I’m a fan of new media art.  I like the idea of expanding the context in which art is both created and experienced.  Some folks don’t like new media art for the same reasons your parents don’t like the music you listen to…they don’t get it or can’t dance to it.  I find most opponents of new media art are traditional media artists.  To those artists, I offer this old cliche…someone else’s success does not diminish your own accomplishments.  Or, get over it already.  Check out what other are saying about iPhone Drawings.

For those of you that read this blog for the art and not the art deadlines, here’s a wiki definition of new media art:

Click here to see the iPhone drawings of Kara Jannson KovacevNew media art is a genre that encompasses artworks created with new media technologies, including digital art, computer graphics, computer animation, virtual art, Internet art, interactive art technologies, computer robotics, and art as biotechnology. The term differentiates itself by its resulting cultural objects and social events, which can be seen in opposition to those deriving from old visual arts (i.e. traditional painting, sculpture, etc.)

This concern with medium is a key feature of much contemporary art and indeed many art schools and major Universities now offer majors in “New Genres” or “New Media”.  New Media Art often involves interaction between artist and observer.  New Media concerns are often derived from the telecommunications, mass media and digital modes of delivery the artworks involve, with practices ranging from conceptual to virtual art, performance to installation.

Click here to see the iPhone Drawings of Kara Jannson Kovacev!The “New” in New Media Art comes with it’s own set of challenges, but mainly the issues of exhibition, sales, and archiving.  Galleries are opening up to new media as demand grows.  Sales always follow demand.  And archiving?  Well, I don’t subscribe to the theory that all art should be permanent.  I realize curators roll their eyes everytime I utter that sentence, but just because you can eat a Peep doesn’t make art made of it less valid.  End of sermon.

Kara Jansson Kovachev is originally from Cape Cod, MA and has lived and shown her work in various locations around New York City since 1996.  Kovachev also paints, collages, makes puppets and particpates in toy theatre.  Her toy theater piece “The Renovation”was shown at the Great Small Works 8th International Toy Theater Festival and Temporary Toy Theater Museum at St. Ann’s Warehouse.  Visit her site www.CloudBuilder.com today.

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One Response
  1. November 12, 2009

    I’ve seen one of her toy theatre performances — incredible work. And how neat that she’s found a new medium. Thank you for sharing!

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