Today, digital modes of representation are ubiquitous. We now mimic and manipulate our physical environment in countless ways through virtual means. With the aid of computer simulation and the Internet, our dependence on virtual models for commercial and entertainment value has restructured the way we experience our day-to-day modern world. Various modes of screen-based simulation are now unquestioningly seen as tangible apparitions that convey experience. By association, our modern perceptions of reality seemingly commingle somewhere in the overlapping space between the natural world and a simulated experience of it. This simu-real experience is largely a product of our unrelenting interface with an ever-changing digital landscape.
My work references this increasingly blurred interface between nature and our technologically driven culture. Using a hybrid process that combines 3-D computer modeling with traditional oil painting and screen-printing, my work reflects our modern electronically mediated experience by re-appropriating the virtual for the tactile. Taken out of context, the images are brought back to bear on the viewer in the tangible space of objects. Starting from a simulated screen-based experience, I initially create abstract 3-D virtual models. I then enlarge these models and make layered maps manually using small map dots and line drawings. These images are then burned onto large silk screens, which I use to print onto the surfaces of my paintings. The result is a kind of optical dissonance created with color, line and shifting dot matrices that agitate and stimulate the eye to recreate the user interface sensation in a physical format.

Eric N. Rue

About the Aritist | Resume | 2009 Brink Award