The Validity Of The Digital Art Medium

Despite the reluctance of mainstream traditional art forums to admit digital art as a serious art form, the field is explosive and gaining ground everyday across the internet, in museums, galleries, and competitions. There is much to be argued in the field, but as a digital artist myself, as well as a vehement proponent for the validity of the digital art medium, I will argue for the validity of the digital medium as a serious art form, as well as attempt to dispel the common myths concerning the medium.

Like any other medium, there are artists of varying degrees of skill, talent, and experience, but there is a level of competence that qualifies in terms of time, effort, thought, presentation, and composition that goes far beyond the snobbery of dismissing the works of such artists as ‘nothing but a few clicks.” The beginning painter or sculptor can easily match this label of “just a few clicks” with a bad representation of form, color and composition in what could be called “just a few strokes.”

This author believes that the main resistance in the traditional art world to digital artistry is related to more of a financial and social exclusivity then any actual lack of talent or work on the part of the serious digital artist. In a world of rapidly diminishing resources and increasing toxicity it might even be reasonable argued that traditionalists waste materials and precious natural resources such as trees, clean water, and introduce other factors of pollution in the use of toxic paints and solutions used in other mediums.

Artistic digital expression is the ultimate resource saving tool in this sense. The average computer, if run for an entire month, averages about 40.00 to operate, and all drawing, painting, 3D sculpturing, and other methods of artistic expression are recycled as easily as pushing the delete key. Photographers and photo manipulation experts can now take a wealth of stock photos with the digital camera, and eliminate the need for toxic dark room chemicals, or expensive development costs.

There is certainly no lack of digital fine art, nor talent in the new medium. I believe it’s time that people begin considering the benefits of digital mediums and stop sneering at the artists simply because they develop self-expressive art forms without the wasteful tools and toxic by products of traditional artists. The same discerning standards may be easily applied to any digital piece of art, whether still, multimedia, or interactive presentations. In the end, it is all the expression of the human soul, and therefore cannot be dismissed as an invalid medium on any reasonable grounds.