RMIT Gallery

current exhibitions

Friday, 7 December, 2018 to Saturday, 19 January, 2019

Darren Wardle, Sleepwalker, 2016. Oil and acrylic on linen, 153 x 213 cm.

How do artists find new content in digital media? How has technology altered the nature of analogue art practices? Analogue art in a digital world presents a survey of contemporary artists who use the analogue practices of painting and drawing to create artworks that engage with or are influenced by digital visual culture.

The exhibition will reveal how artists are finding new content in digital media and how technology has altered the nature of analogue art practices.

Language shapes the way we think and the dominant visual medium influences the way we see the world. Many contemporary artists use digital technology in the process of creating artworks. Digital photography, Photoshop, and Google images are standard tools for painters. The sketch book has been replaced by a desktop folder.

In addition to practical uses of technology, digital aesthetics have crept into analogue painting.  The invention of photography had a profound impact on painting in the nineteenth century and now digital technology has reinvigorated analogue traditions of art making, pushing representational painting and drawing in fascinating new directions.