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November 30, 2015
Blog 26


Opens for entries January 2, 2016

The Donnie 2016 Digital Art Contest will be the Museum's sixteenth annual digital art contest.

It is international in scope and open to all digital artists and photographers. Up to six images accepted per artist. A modest fee required per image.

MOCA will publisher a full-color catalog of the contest. MOCA has published 16 Donnie catalogs, one for each of the yearly contests, in collaboration with, the online publisher. All catalogs are elegant publications, with each image reproduced authoritatively on its own page.

To view our catalogs, go to:


For more information on the Donnie 2016, go to:

Donnie 2016 Info

Contest will offer eight awards: first, second and third prizes plus five honorable mentions. Winning images are given year-long exposure on the MOCA site.

Eight Donnie 2014 Contest Winner:

Sailor's Gala by Helga Schmitt

Portabella by Rick Spixx (Rykk)

Noorsvaarden Beach at Terschelling

Fauberge Factory

Urban Laundry by Rob Whyte

The Three Nymphs by Erica Kiechle-Klemt

Reflections by Renata Spiazzi

End of the Road or Top of the Mountain? by Gina Topping


a short essay on fractal art by Jim Fitch

Jim Fitch is a frequent commentator on the arts. He has invested over forty years advocating for the art and artists of Florida as a gallery owner, artists representative and art promoter. Along the way he named and wrote about the Florida art phenomenon now known as the Highwaymen, founded the Museum of Florida Art and Culture (MOFAC.ORG) where he served as curator for five years and keeps his hand in as the acquisition agent for the Florida Masters Collection and art consultant for Fitch Global LLC. His book, "Living Dogs and Dead Lions", is a short no-holds-barred look at the economic side of art."

Who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here?

Those are philosophical questions that have puzzled mankind for eons. Everyone has their own opinion. Add to those three a fourth, "What is art"? Of course I have an opinion, one that has served me well and kept me out of trouble over the years. I'm pleased to share it with you. As the title suggests, Art is a Swiss Army Knife. What do you want it to do? I appreciate the aesthetics of art as well as the next guy but my real passion is contemporary art history, 1850 forward, and the characteristics, personalities and contributions of the artists involved. The blade I use the most is the one labeled art as commodity. I depend on the above qualifiers to provide a foundation for predicting the future value of art as investment or an estate building tool that is more enjoyable than a stock portfolio. It's a tough sell. Frederic Taubes, a prolific artist, writer and critic has said the biggest problem to getting the man on the street involved with a serious art involvement is that they have been influenced by "educated idiots". Taubes was very outspoken.

Never mind the philosophy, even though it applies to any art form, this blog and my comments are focused on digital art in general and fractal art in particular. I insist there is a difference. I was introduced to fractals and fractal art by John Briggs's book Patterns of Chaos. I knew nothing about fractals and less about computers and programming but the potential of this new art form was exciting. I pestered as many digital artists as I could to try and increase my knowledge about the mechanics of how it was created. It didn't take long to discover that I was in over my head. I was even so bold as to write an article titled The Next Big Thing for a regional trade journal. Fools do indeed rush in.

I took a shot at interpreting Briggs's comments about the discovery of fractals for the man on the street. Not very sophisticated.The chaos which began to appear like abstract, colorful spirits on computer screens around the world, displayed a wild, haunting order. It was chaos, all right: inherently unpredictable. But as scientists stalked the spirits capering across their screens, they began to uncover a richness in chaos never before imagined. The Patterns of Chaos by John Briggs. Those words generated an image on the monitor of my mind that looked like this to me:

I imagine a human noodling around on a computer when suddenly there appears on the computer screen an image that was visually interesting and aesthetically pleasing. As fate would have it the human was a respected physicist. Consequently, fractal art was born. It was chaos on demand. That much I understand and even though it may be overly simplistic it is, at least, a point of beginning in my attempt to become better informed about the future of computer generated fractals as an art form.

I gave up on understanding the mechanics of creating fractals and fractal art and went back to the more familiar territory of investigating the future and future value of this new art form. Currently I see the genre, if you want to call it that, being used in three ways. First are those I call cowboys, people who got a fractal generator for Christmas and are having a great time creating wallpaper and imagery that is better done with a kaleidoscope. Next are serious artists with design and programming skills who are savvy enough to know what it takes to survive in the world of art. These are the ones to watch. Then there are the scientists. They have their own agenda that may or may not be of interest to the general public. I'll go so far as to say that when art and science get married fractal imagery will be put to its highest and best use. The artists who contribute the most to both disciplines are the ones I want to invest in. It'll take a while.

In the next column, see our selection of eight fractal art images from the MOCA archives.


See your art on our blog


Digital Art Gallery Online
Digital gallery of best pictures and photos from portfolios of digital artists.

Digital Art Served
Top work in categories such as computer graphics, matte painting, digital painting and photo manipulation.

Soho Arthouse (Soho Gallery For Digital Art)
Event space, gallery, tech, film screening room, product launches, pop-up, fashion week, charity art shows in NYC.

DAM - Digital Art Museum
Museum and gallery

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art
The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art is a contemporary gallery in downtown LA dedicated to the propagation of all forms of digital art, new media, digital video.

Community of artists and those devoted to art. Digital art, skin art, themes, wallpaper art, traditional art, photography, poetry / prose. Art prints.

Almost entirely 3D rendered art from such programs as 3DS Max, Maya, Lightwave and others.

Museum of Computer Art
Nonprofit US educational corporation chartered by the NYS Department of Education.

Digital Art Online
Online digital art exhibition space. Includes thematic exhibitions.

Museum of Digital Fine Arts
Spotlighting the most brilliant new artists of the modern age.

Digital Arts: California
Showcase of digital art both physical (in gallery) and virtual (online).


eight selections from the MOCA achives

These artists employ fractal, mathematical or algorithmic programs to draw their art. Many use programs available publicly, but some are themselves mathematicians and programmers who draw images by writing their own code. Some artists are purists, who publish their art exactly as the computer draws them to screen. Others engage in so-called post-processing, wherein the image is enhanced or manipulated, to a greater or lesser degree, to serve the purposes of the artist.

Inside Out Shell by Pam Blackstone

Burning Ice by Karim Bouchnak

Radiance by Myriam Di Maio

Bolugi by Fractalia

DNA by Juliette Gribnau

Fishbowl by Tom Hubbard

Good Vibrations by Drazen Jerkovic

Starburst by Will Johnson


Images by Veronica Freschi

"Altering light, capturing light, intrigues me. I use photographs, color and distortion. If the image moves me, I sign it."

Veronica Freschi's art on the web

Short Circuit

What's the Point

Spidy's Loose

Wing and a Prayer



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