The integration between the Renaissance philosophy of creative, progressive innovation and our 21st century art practices are at the crux of this exhibition. The students in this class were charged with drawing inspiration from the art and architecture of Renaissance-era Florence and then re-interpreting what they saw into a contemporary vision utilizing High Dynamic Range digital imaging and digital panoramic stitching techniques. The digital re-interpretations are not meant to be literal, linear translations of the original source. Rather, they are personal reflections and internalizations of what Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, or Galileo must have felt when they pondered “what if?” Freed from constraints, the creative mind must wander, and the act of wandering necessarily leads to discovery. Michelangelo said, “A man paints with his brains, not with his hands.” If anything, the Renaissance proved to us that the intellect is the engine of discovery. We work as artists, not because we choose to do so, but because we can do nothing else. Through exploring our artistic past, embracing our creative present, we move, eagerly into the future.
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