...asked ALICE, on her way to the on-line pretense called
the 'ROYAL HOLOGRAPHIC ART GALLERY'
where titles, names and whereabouts are not what they appear to be...
"This piece of glass is actually a white-light hologram, called 'CRYSTAL BEGINNING',
which we originally made in 1977 as a kind of spatial test pattern,
but people liked looking at it too..."
-- Dr. Stephen A. Benton (Polaroid and M.I.T)
on WGBH, Boston, NOVA -- 'Artists in the Lab', 1981
(...by Special Appointment to Her Majesty, the 'Red Queen'?)
WELL, LET'S CONSIDER...
...how it all began, in the 60's and 70's.... First, with the invention of the laser, then early scientific imaging expriments....no problem here. But soon, something called HOLOGRAPHIC ART is carried forth, proclaimed by artists, technicians, and early enthusiasts alike. And ever since, it - the ART - has had a 'tough' time establishing itself in media cultures and galleries of the 70's, 80's, 90's. Most people today think 'holographic art' refers to the sticker on their credit card. No kidding. Really! And many 'HOLOGRAPHIC ART GALLERIES' insist that EVERYTHING they offer, from stickers to framed 'goblins' and 'cyber creatures' IS ART. No kidding.
So...this thing called HOLOGRAPHIC ART, as a child of both scientific-technical and aesthetic parents, has 'suffered' from both a 'peculiar upbringing'...and a peculiar 'fate'.
Early scientific prejudices towards 'bright', 'noise-less', 'high-efficiency' recording and display predisposed many in these communities against 'bad technique' at the hands of 'artists'. After all, holography was simply a 'spatial imaging tool' some must have intoned. And prominent scientific-technical holographers thought nothing of including themselves in exhibitions, perhaps as 'artists themselves', and often contributing works of inane and generic subject matter rendered with 'brilliant technique'.
'Oh, look at these!'
...'after all, it is still an INFANTILE medium?', she may have thought.
The other 'parent', the 'art world' has (over three decades) either dismissed holographic art as a 'contrivance', 'technical gimmick', or 'infantile medium' (presumably the same treatment afforded early photography, film, and video), or it has shunned holographic art because it can't fathom the special qualities of this new medium. (Scientific 'how-to-make-a-hologram' introductions to shows haven't helped either.) Many curators and critics alike have attempted to evaluate works based on aesthetic and historical premises borrowed from other mediums (like the 'modern art' of painting...).
...and, turning a corner, into the Royal Fine Arts section,
'EEK!, What's that?' exclaimed ALICE
...to the CHESHIRE CAT
'What's that?', you might ask. Well, it is the CURRENT GENRE of everything 'holographic' and 'artsy' featuring a melange of embossed greetings, logos and playing cards, funny glasses, all kinds of kitch images selling alongside presumed 'renowned works of art', next to holo-store embossed holographic stickers, trinkets and dichromate jewelry...all typically thrown together and displayed in VERY 'MYSTERIOUS' retail outlets that HYPE THE 'LASER-TECH', with little said about the content of the hologram, the concepts, the histories, the ideas....
'I'm at a loss!'
'HUSH, HUSH!' said
the ROYAL HUSHER.
'Only PROPER and POLITE language allowed in here!'
'But Sir!' ALICE
'She said CURIOS!!!'
'Oh my! Oh my! What have I done?',
'Yes, perhaps the MAD HATTER can make some SENSE of this for me?' she wondered.
And then, realizing that HUSHER was capable
of SPLITTING and SPLITTING,
But then, all of a sudden, or once again, depending on your whereabouts,
or, conversely: 'The Plot Thickened...'
VIDEO: 'WEST-COAST ARTISTS IN LIGHT'
A videotape survey of 11 plus artists and their work
REFLECTIONS ON WAVEFRONT MAGAZINE
History, links to interviews, reviews, articles on holographic art and culture
HOLOGRAPHY MAIN PAGEHistory, archives, links to works by Al Razutis 1972-1988
CRITICAL WRITINGS - LOCAL MAP
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