Digital vs. Classical Art

My father, David Shatto, wrote a brief essay in 2009 called “Digital vs. Classical Art: Or Rather, Digital vs. Physical Art.” The concepts and ideas presented are succinctly explored with wonderful language. The essay raises questions regarding the existence of art, its form and function and creation, and what art itself means in this modern world.

Here is an excerpt:

Consider an oil painting’s physical existence – certain, fixed dimensions; the weight of it and the frame selected to accompany it for display. In its own right, it’s at the pinnacle of some timeline of technical development. […] Now consider a digital work of art. […] Scalable. Transmittable. Possibly ephemeral. Mutable, mashable, editable, Photoshopable.

You can read it in its entirety on his blog.

Are the fine arts useless or meaningless now that digital art is rising up as a viable, popularly recognized form of art? Or are they part and parcel of the digital world?

These questions will, I think, become more important to art history as time passes and we venture farther and farther into the digital age.