James M. Huffer
Tucson, United States
About James M. Huffer
How does one define a process that has absolutely nothing to do with the written word? This is probably why artists statements are so difficult to write, especially for me. Yet, I realize that when we observe an artists creative efforts, were bound to ask, How did they come up with that idea? So, Ill begin by offering a very general answer, which I hope will suffice for all of the work Ive produced, no matter what medium Ive chosen to channel my creative instincts.
For me, the creative process begins the moment I start to mentally interpret a visual or physical experience; then I endeavor to capture it in a print or functional object. Each work shares an intensity of color combined with a high-tech finish. I pull it free from any conventional idea of reality until it finally exists as the purest expression of my imagination.
It is understandable that one would question why I chose the media and materials I use. These questions may be best answered by offering a bit of my personal history. I received a traditional artistic education at Ohio State University and acquired a BFA. As with most BFAs, I faced the inevitable challenge of how to make a living. Fortunately, I had ability as a graphic designer and began the path that Ive since followed faithfullythe synergistic mixture of practical work combined with artistic exploration and expression. Inevitably, this approach led me toward bigger projects and, in addition, I have also realized my artistic expression through architectural construction.
When people question the validity of computer art (namely, if it should even be considered art at all), I explain to them that limitations are apparent in all manner of technology and therefore can only take one so far. The computer is a professional tool in exactly the same way a saw or a hammer would lend themselves to a construction project. The key to my relationship with the more practical work of construction versus that of artistic expression through my computer is in ones conceptualization and perception of what a tool actually is. That is to say, I feel it is about how one manipulates a tool that enables great art to be created, not what that tool actually is in and of itself.
I have become so experienced and adept at handling the tools of my trade that whether Im working with a piece of wood or the pixels in my computer, creative expression is allowed to transcend all. For me, after many years of expertly manipulating construction tools or the mouse on my computer, it is about finding artistic expression and then propelling my ideas into reality.