Stanford Art Spaces
From October 9, 1998 to December 3, 1998, Stanford Art Spaces features an exhibit by two artists:
Sherry Karver
Mixed Media Paintings
Sandy Young
Digital Art
© 1998 Sherry Karver © 1998 Sandy Young

This exhibit is located on the Stanford University campus in four buildings: the Allen Center for Integrated Systems (CIS), Gates Computer Science, Terman Engineering Center, and Humanities and Sciences.    

Sherry Karver

© 1998 Sherry Karver

© 1998 Sherry Karver
In my current series of mixed media paintings, I am blurring the distinction between traditional oil painting, photography, and new computer technology. This blending enables me to take the best from all three areas, and combine them into a new statement that is of the present time. My work is not painting in the traditional sense, but a bringing together of different elements to create a new format.

I use photos from newspapers, magazines, advertisements, or family albums, which are then deconstructed by cutting and pasting different elements together to create entirely new narratives. This starts to question what is fact and what is fantasy, and relates to the concept of reality vs. fiction. I choose images that are particularly haunting, evocative, or mysterious in some way.

The computer with the photoshop program is used simply as a tool to help me do this in the most efficient way possible, working only in black and white at this stage. When the new image is complete, it is printed out and professionally enlarged on archival paper. The paper is then adhered to a wood panel, and painted over many layers of transparent oil glazes to give it color, while allowing the black and white image to show through.

This enables me to juxtapose the old master technique of oil glazing with the very contemporary method of computer manipulated photos. By using the realism and graininess of black and white photography in contrast to the color and surface of oil paint, a tension or dialogue is developed in the work that is underlying the more obvious themes.

There are two main themes running through my work; one is the concept of light, and the other is the figure. Light coming out of darkness, or light coming out of land and illuminating the figures can be seen as a metaphor for our spiritual awakening.

The figure is also very important in these works, and is usually seen as blurred or in silhouette, representing mankind in general. The figures are also often in movement, or repeated in different scale to represent movement through time. I approach this almost as an outside observer, a voyeur, watching a scene from a distance, and not being a part of it.

The figurative imagery brings back a feeling of humanity into my art and into our technological world, and is in direct contrast to the computerized means that helped to create the image itself.

Works are for sale directly from the artist. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator Stanford Art Spaces (650) 725-3622,

Sandy Young

© 1998 Sandy Young
The computer is a wonderful tool for the kind of work that I do. I am able to take my own original photographs and collage, paint, alter and manipulate them in ways that would be much more difficult, if not impossible, to do conventionally. Paradoxically, I find the computer to be both fundamental to and subservient to my artistic process. The computer allows me to work in the way that is most natural to me, providing instant feedback, infinite mutability, quick response, and the ability to dynamically synthesize and layer images and text. At the same time, I experience the computer as an invisible component of my creative process.

I am exploring the use of text and what I call 'markings' in my work. Markings could be letters, symbols, diagrams, personal marks or impressions, ancient or modern, accidental or deliberate. I use these markings for both texture and symbolic meaning. Along the same lines, I see overlaying images and layers in my work as a metaphor for time, experience and meaning.

What I hope is that the experience of viewing my art is in some way expansive, that the viewer will go away having been touched in some positive way.

Click here to see addition art by Sandy Young on her web site.

Works are for sale directly from the artist. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator Stanford Art Spaces (650) 725-3622,

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