Meet five LA artists who are sparking an avant-digital revolution.
At the intersection of art and technology, a new generation of contemporary artists is looking towards less traditional mediums to inform and implement its artistic visions. Paint and ink, canvas and clay—they’re either being tossed aside or used in combination with blossoming technological tools to invent new and exciting forms of expression. This digital movement, which began with video art pioneers such as Bill Viola, Nam June Paik, and Vito Acconci, is now being pushed, pulled, and reinterpreted by the latest cultural trailblazers. From creating largescale environments with video installation to using social media as acts of protest and blurring the lines between painting and photography, LA artists Julie Weitz, Brian Bress, Diana Thater, Micol Hebron, and Owen Kydd are innovators to watch in this ever-growing medium.
Describe your process. I sketch storyboards, make molds, and design sets and take photographs. These eventually lead me to shooting video. I play almost every role in the filmmaking process: prop master, set designer, performer,