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Roger W. Rogers Gallery features digital drawings by Mikko Ijas

While Finnish visual artist Mikko Ijäs’ drawings are based on traditional observation, he created the work in this Willamette University exhibition by using his finger to draw directly on a capacitive touch-screen. The first international exhibition within the Roger W. Rogers Gallery, “Technology Transforms Tradition: Digital Drawings by Mikko Ijäs” opens Aug. 30 and continues through Dec. 9, 2011.

By combining the disciplined observation and skill of a traditional draftsman or painter with the capabilities of contemporary digital equipment and technology, the works Ijäs produces with the Brushes application on an iPhone and iPad are imbued with a startling and productive tension.

Technology also enables Ijäs to distribute his work in novel ways. He can update his audience when drawings are complete or exhibit work later as in-process animations, projected backdrops for theater productions or as prints in more traditional settings.

“I’ve had the privilege of watching Ijäs work on such plein air drawings in the Namibian desert and was surprised at how unexpectedly tactile the process of building an image is for him,” said exhibition curator and art professor, Andries Fourie. “His works in this exhibition are consistently joyful, regardless of whether they admire the grandeur of nature or celebrate the quiet bliss of an intimate, domestic scene.”

Willamette University art professors curate a new exhibition each semester, and the gallery is open weekdays in Rogers Music Center. Admission is free, and the building is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

08-29-2011