By Neil Doloricon
The advent of digital technology brought us to another level of human emancipation from the mechanical mode of producing things. It also made our work in handling or manipulating various materials easier than before.
But the new technology will not think for us. Creativity will still reside in our ability to imagine things. Digital technology is just a tool, like a pencil or a paintbrush, for doing painting on canvas and other surfaces for one’s creative undertakings. Digital software will give us an interface with various tools to enhance our creative imagination and help turn its products into reality, both on 2D and 3D.
This is how Marco Dizon, a scholar and an IT enthusiast, explores the world of digital imaging. His creative prowess can be seen in the way he achieves the illusion of depth in a surreal landscape by sheer manipulations of digital tools, which if combined would metamorphose into unpredictable visual delights.
The dreamlike horizon in one of his works, with its transparencies of mystical images appearing in the sky, suggests a different wonderland for Dizon. It may even suggest how the future looks for him. The skyscraper mega buildings are part of the endless human effort to reach limitless skies.
In “The Tree of Life” rendering of Dizon, he makes use of the eye of providence as the focal point with Star of David-like rays of the sun over it and the overlaying transparencies that signify a butterfly wings that would convey hope and change.
A digital imaging rendition of transparent image of trees amid the modulating colors in the horizon reminds us of saving them for our survival on this planet.
(Neil Doloricon is a visual art professor at the UP College of Fine Arts, where he served as dean from 1998-2001.)
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