En Plein Air by Rick Silva
PK NOTE: UTTERLY ESSENTIAL project to follow for anyone interesting in contemporary technology and creativity …
Ongoing project involves artist creating digital works on his laptop on natural sites, using 3D software, glitches and animated GIFs - a very contemporary Impressionist. (There are some animated GIFs above, yet you may need to click on them to see them running).
From an interview at USED Magazine:
So, to start off tell us a little bit about yourself and your work
I’m a new media artist, my recent works explore landscape, remix and glitch. For my newest ongoing project enpleinair.org, I’m taking my laptop outside and seeing what I can create while reacting to the immediate terrain and elements.
En plein air, the french expression for in the open air, used in painting.. why did you choose to name it this?
Yes, it is a reference to that painting style. Taking a computer outdoors, using 3D software to create the images, and posting those images on a website is like an updated version of En plein air. Of course, making art outside has a history that goes back thousands of years, but the term En plein air has some specific connotations that I like. One is that it is often associated with the Impressionist painters, and a common technique of theirs was to work with the materiality of paint, to let it smear and pile up so that it looks simultaneously like a summer landscape and globs of paint. On enpleinair.org I let the digital processes show by including the rendering artifacts and polygon glitches.
Highly recommend checking out the project site here