|A SHOUT-OUT ON www.HUGEAUX.com
September 25, 2006
Special for THE NEW TIMES HOLLER!
© Amir Bey, 2007
ARTE MECCO painting titled Polynesia Peering into the Ribault River. Created in 2002 in Jacksonville, Florida by HUGEAUX.
If we look at the evolution of museums and galleries, it wasn't too long ago in social history terms that neither existed. For example, a 2004 exhibition of El Greco's paintings at the New York Metropolitan Museum featured his portraits of people from a time that such institutions would have not only have been inconceivable, but sacrilegious. What would the bishops and nobility that El Greco painted have thought of being viewed in public institutions by the people of present-day New York City?
The Hyglyx is a patterning form used in ARTE MECCO painting style created by the artist HUGEAUX. The author of the file is HUGEAUX.
As Artists are looking for and creating new ways to present their work, many are turning to the internet, that ever-expanding frontier/universe where innovations are still possible. Alternative cyber spaces for artists are not only possible through it, but necessary, as the diversity and character of art in this era are not always presented to the public through the conventional museum and gallery systems. What kind of promise does the internet hold for the evolution of art?
One good example of possibilities for presenting art in a new fashion is the website of Hugeaux, a multi-media artist who is a painter, photographer, and computer-smith who is based in Jacksonville, Florida. Hugeaux recently dropped in our offices electronically and we had this discussion about his mission:
THE HOLLER!: Hugeaux, you've been managing a website that is an on-line gallery now for a number of years. What were your reasons for beginning such an enterprise?
HUGEAUX: My web site www.Hugeaux.com is less than a year old. I consider the web site more of a museum than a gallery of information. The reason behind my ONLY On-Line web site is to educate more people about the intelligent aspect of art through documentation. -Documentation by artist(s). The Internet reaches far more people than a typical museum could. Artists like myself are finding the waiting and lines are too long for gallery or museum representation, so we must take action.
THE HOLLER!: What kinds of exhibits have you presented in the past?
HUGEAUX: My first and experimental ONLY On-Line exhibition was my photography exhibition called: HUGEAUX Photography: American Beach: Those Porcelain Dunes. The viewers numbered over 175. Currently I am focusing on collaborations with other diverse artists, to bring them into this new frontier.
THE HOLLER!: What is the audience that you are trying to reach?
HUGEAUX: A diverse, intelligent and informed audience from all over the world.
THE HOLLER!: What are the responses that you've been receiving?
HUGEAUX: Great. Many people were overwhelmed on how this ONLY On-Line exhibition phenomenon works. They are captivated by the fact that individual artists ( of all art genres), who have never met, can compile a great wealth of information and curate it into a visual documentary.
THE HOLLER!: Have you been making sales, or have any other developments resulted from your exhibits?
HUGEAUX: Sales are not the focus of the web site; its purpose is to provide technical and educational information. Technological advancements have been made with the ONLY On-Line genre. Networking, documenting, exploration and imagination are a few of the advancements that my ONLY On-Line have generated. Webcasting (a word I created), is a rather new frontier and another advancement. Webcasting is similar to Broadcasting, which alerts viewers of current and upcoming ONLY On-Line exhibition on the web, similar to a Premiere.
THE HOLLER!: What's the deal with the upcoming exhibit that you and Dr. Mohamed Buwe Osman are presenting?
HUGEAUX: It's a very big step in the area of ON-Line exhibiting and webcasting. Our exhibition will be webcasted on 2 web sites, simultaneously. This shall give the viewers more informational trails and links to follow. The title of the exhibition is called:
Neo Avant Garde: Lines, Circles, Rectangles and Pendulums.
It will be webcasted on www.Hugeaux.com & www.osmanart.net. from September 4 - December 31, 2006.
THE HOLLER!: Tell us more about Dr. Osman's work and background.
HUGEAUX: Well, I think Mohamed can tell you more about this. Mo has an interesting story on how we met. The few things I can tell you about Mo is that he was born in Somalia and now resides in the USA. His art work bonds a connection between visual art and healing. Medicine and healing is his life.
THE HOLLER!: Where do you envision your present work on the web leading to?
HUGEAUX: In documentation for future artists, historians etc....lack of documentation is how African and African American artists have been written out of history. By this I mean that, there are fewer trails to follow concerning African and African American artists' background and thoughts. With the controversial fame of my discovery: Arte Mecco, it is great to know that the literature is documented and personally archived among people. This can not go away, as with others. I am feeling the attribution and efforts of other artists, using me as a catalyst about the importance of documentation.
When I gave a lecture on the Importance of Documentation (now archived at www.minorityprofessionalnetwork.com at the International House for the National Conference of Artists / Philadelphia Chapter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2005, I was quite dismayed by many of our historical artists who didn't keep logs, letters or diaries of their works and thoughts. This quest, Documentation, has been my driving force ever since I discovered the letters that artist Henry Ossawa Tanner wrote to humanitarian / educator Booker T. Washington, in the late 1990's. This is where I am heading.