July 15, 2016
Blog 41


Jan Kolling

Archipelago: Sharing the Paradox of Not Having a Vision

The genius of Jan Kolling is the persistence of his vision.

Kolling emerged into digital art after a more conventional career as a painter. His digital tools, some of which he devised himself, enabled him to incorporate photographic techniques into his art. Thus was born slowly but inevitably a highly personalized idiosyncratic style that Kolling pursued with uncompromising determination and courage. It is sometimes hard to tell now whether Kolling's art is a menage of photography and drawing, or neither or both. It exists in a third world, or in another world, beyond photography and painting. There is no conventional wisdom in Kolling's art. There is no "beauty" in the ordinary sense, no portraiture, almost no objectivity that we can ordinarily recognize. It is beyond abstraction. It is not an easy style and it may be indecipherable. It is a style that he alone has pursued. Kolling is working beyond talent. He is working where talent, discipline and courage converge.

Favourite Quote:
Sören Kierkegaard: "I'd rather be an apostle than a genius".

Elegant 58-page full-color catalog of Jan Kolling's one-man show at Museum of Computer Art physical gallery in Brooklyn NY June 1 to 18, 2010. Softcover $36.39 (plus shipping)
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Introduction by Don Archer, Essay by J.D. Jarvis

"Poverty Sculpture"

"Tanglewood Mind a Bit Dirty"

"Wannabee Abstract"

"Hook Brush and Dirt"

"Speaking in Tongues"

"Blue Flag Nation"

"Eye Candy"

"Hook Brush and Dry"

"Kitchen Sink Drama"

"Kitchen Sink Sculpture."

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MOCA: Museum of Computer Art

Kolling visited the Brooklyn show (from Holland) in June 2010, camera in hand. Here are four images from that portfolio.

"New York 036-6"

"New York 016-6"

"New York 043-1"

"New York 106-10 "


More works by Jan Kolling from other series

"Crime Scene Sculpture"

"Nobody Paints Like I Do"

"The Flowers of Romance"


"The Newborn Object"


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.

Anjo Lafin

Anjo Lafin lives in Tasmania, Australia. She says, "I am fascinated by the idea of building images that attempt to convince, by means of visual excitement and a sense of drama and presence, that they belong to a universe with its own special rules. Sometimes the result is digital art as theatre. I hope that the images tease perception and recognition. The effects may be surreal, bizarre, weird, wacky and cover all moods. You may discover darkness here as well as beauty."

Anjo Lafin's Digital-Art-Ways site


Art by Anjo Lafin

"Comes Microchipped - No Need to Exercise"

"Escaping Midas"


"Masterel Sky"

"Small Submarine Events"

"Spin Doctor Speech Machine"

"The Feelings of Rocks"

"They Are Becoming"

"Warm Perspective"

"World Without Green"

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