Digitachism

At the moment the phrase digitachism brings no results on Google from which I guess that it is a term unused before now. I have coined the word to describe artwork made digitally but in the spirit of Tachism. Digital Tachism.

“Tachism, French Tachisme, (from tache, “spot”), style of painting practiced in Paris after World War II and through the 1950s that, like its American equivalent, Action painting, featured the intuitive, spontaneous gesture of the artist’s brushstroke. Developed by the young painters Hans Hartung, Gérard Schneider, Pierre Soulages, Frans Wols, Chao Wu-chi (Zao Wu-ki), and Georges Mathieu, Tachism was part of a larger French postwar movement known as Art Informel, which abandoned geometric abstraction in favour of a more intuitive form of expression. Art Informel was inspired by the instinctive, personal approach of contemporary American Abstract Expressionism, of which Action painting was one aspect.”

“Like their American counterparts, the French-educated Tachists worked with a loaded brush, producing large works of sweeping brushstrokes and of drips, blots, stains, and splashes of colour. Their works, however, are more elegant and lyrical—often including graceful lines and blended, muted colours—than the works of such American painters as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, on whom the French artists modeled themselves. The Tachists were also less indebted than were the Action painters to uninhibited psychic inspiration.”
The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica

When processing and layering images with blending modes and effects I am aiming for the unconscious, intuitive, spontaneous and instinctive in decision making. Serendipity born of technology and a poetic response.

The Antithesis series is my first work in this method.

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