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Review by JD Jarvis, Artist and Art Critic:|
"The genre of Minimalism makes a good verbal foundation for the work Chambers is exploring. This new generation of work is challenging even those distinctions. In terms of "minimalism" these works seem almost "elaborate", with strong patterns emerging from the basic structure that is the single pixel. Taken to the next extreme would be a sculptural arrangement of individual squares (pixels) of a single color. As if pixels have liberated themselves, through magnification, from any other context and are now present as individual entities in "non-virtual" space. The potential for a huge installation referenced as a unit (pattern) from a great distance or seen as individual bits up close has implications for an individual's life within a global community, as well as, commenting on digital communication/art."
Click on Inside-deep Series (Pixelscapes: Fourth Generation). This series is a continuation of Pixelscapes, but at greater magnification with contour/texture conversion for reconfiguration.
Click on Pixelscapes: Next Generation: This series is a continuation of Pixelscapes.
Click on Pixeltones: Scan Series. This series is a derivative of Pixelscapes utilizing halftone conversions and the Lens applet to explore Abstract Expressionism through kinetics.
Click on Pixeltone Gradients: Shift Series. This series is a derivative of Pixelscapes utilizing halftone conversions, gradient filters and the Huerot applet to explore Abstract Expressionism.
Pixelscapes: Next Generation and Inside-deep Series/Pixelscapes: Third Generation, Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. (as a part of Art Is Everywhere, Boston Cyberarts Festival) (view screenshots), April 26 - May 10, 2003.
Pixelscapes: Next Generation (and derivatives)/Inside-deep Series (Pixelscapes: Third Generation) (featured artist; solo show), Digital Content Consortium (DCC) Conference, University of North Carolina-Pembroke, March 28-29, with the exhibition to continue at the UNC Art Department/Media Integration Project through May 15, 2003.view installation), University of Tasmania, Australia, March-April, 2003.
Tom R. Chambers is a documentary photographer and visual artist with over forty "real" world exhibitions in the United States, England, Australia, Russia, Zimbabwe, South Korea, Philippines and Brazil and several "virtual" world exhibitions. He is self-taught with numerous photo/visual arts workshops and arts public programming to his credit. He founded and directed a photography gallery, Viewpoint, which catered to nationally-known photographers and was mentioned in American Photo Magazine. Many of his projects are now a part of various archives around the world, and he's currently working with digital manipulation and generation as an art form and Pixelscapes under the namesake of New Directions. He's heavily involved on the Internet, having initiated and coordinated two hyperlinked photo exhibitions for PhotoForum and under the auspices of the Rochester Institute of Technology, and currently managing Focus Gallery, an online gallery for those individuals who are using digital manipulation and generation as an art form. He's also teaching documentary photography at various Web sites.