sampling of images from the April 2007 show at the
Angeles Center for Digital Art, LACDA.
Painter and photographer Kathryn Jacobi showed a new body of fully integrated
drawn, painted, and photographic images she calls 'Digital
Hybrids.' 'Hybrids' are images drawn directly on the
computer screen combined with images from her own paintings and photographs.
They aspire to achieve an aesthetic integrity and complexity that would
be almost impossible to accomplish in either medium alone, and to successfully
marry fine art and technology.
Painting is in part, by definition, artifice. In digital photography
everything is subject to change and reinterpretation, and is potentially
deceptive. Yet, both media are also potentially immediate routes
to authentic, unmediated feeling and emotion. Jacobi brings her
new images, though created digitally, back into the realm of art by making
them totally unreal and metaphoric rather than literal or photographic.
The photographic elements are used only to make the artifice more involving.
For instance, "Elephant" is composed largely of
photographs of antique Mexican Santos which function more as surface articulation
and emotional underpinning than as photography.
Whether painting, photographing, or creating hybrids that lie somewhere
you have never been before, the theme remains consistent.
Jacobi explores the nature of being alive, threatened by the
complex realities of the external world and the urgent demands of our
inner lives. She reimagines the existential human condition in a