2016 01-21

New Media Art


new media art gallery

Though Chris has been focused heavily on rural art, this site believes that New art or Electronic Art is also an important medium that plays a growing role in the art world. An electrician like 110220v is sometimes necessary to be on hand for this type of art. The convergence of art, science and technology is often called “New Media”.


New media art is an art form that includes digital artwork, computer animation, video games, robotic art, 3D printed art, and biological art. The type of art that results is often social in nature and often is more than just visual.  New media art can offer a immersive experience (thought it doesn’t have to) between the artist and the consumer. This can include such things as participation, real time feedback, contributory, and manipulation.


Some of the first new media art was evidenced in the work of Eadweard Muybridge, and Jean Tinguely. Inventions like the praxinoscope and the zoetrope are often seen as contributing heavily to the medium. Also


One of our core beliefs is that Art can be a healing resource for our community. The new media community comprises a whole ecosystem of people. Practitioners like: filmmakers, cultural dignitaries, art students, avant garde artists, techies, media foundations, and others who want to who want to capture and inspire an audience.


Types of New Media Art:

  • 3D Animation
  • 360°(Planetarium) Dome Projection
  • Holographic Projection
  • Video Architectural Mapping
  • Large Scale Art Installation
  • Interactive Media Platforms
  • Immersive Performance Media
  • Audio Experimentation



All Art has a theme. And types of art often have recurring themes which drive the subculture. So what themes drive the New Media subculture?


Curators like Mark Tribe, Maurizio Bolognini and Reena Jana have all postulated the following themes:

  • collaboration
  • computer art
  • freedom
  • identity
  • appropriation
  • open source
  • surveillance
  • non-linear arcs
  • intervention
  • hacking
  • relationships with technology
  • real time transformation and creation


The main systems which are in almost all of these themes are:

intersection of science and research with art

  1. art as a system
  2. activism


Despite all these artistic themes a common (not exclusive) mediums seems to the use of “tech” in the creation of the art. These mediums often seem to use electricity, digital, geographic, 3d, and other advanced technologies to create the art. One such artist is Caleb Charland who uses electricity & magnets to create very unique art. Kids, don’t try this at home.  At the very least consult a qualified electrician like 110220v.com before utilizing these techniques as they can be very dangerous. Caleb uses such things as zinc-coated galvanized nails and apple acid to create electricity. Then uses copper wires to light a lamp.



New Media Art has been around for quite some time, but the advent of the internet has established yet even more themes for New Media to reflect upon. The combination of communication, government, ubiquity, over-saturation, corporations and public interest are all themes which are ripe for the New Media canvas.  As art develops on its own axis and takes up the mantel of societal commenter, arbiter, and reflecter New Media will continue to flourish and provide opportunity for new artists every day.


2015 12-04

Chris Frolking

Chris Frolking lives in northwest California, in the redwoods.  Living in the foothills of the Klamath Mountains on a ridgetop prairie, an elevation of 3,000 feet.

Overlooking a long stretch of the Pacific coast and the ocean beyond. Below the grassland is a band of White Oaks, bent and twisted by heavy snows and covered with lichen and moss. The deep woods below the oaks are predominately Douglas Fir.


He has been painting for over ten years. Inspired to paint by the beauty of nature and do the research essential to get ideas and create concepts for successful paintings.

He hikes every day on local trails and tries to get outside when the light is best or the weather dramatic. As a nature lover, he is happy to be intimate with every glade and hollow in my home environment.


Traveling to witness the wildlife spectacles that still exist is another great source of inspiration. Scenes like the caribou migration in the arctic, penguin colonies on South Georgia Island, or the Serengeti ecosystem provide unlimited material. His paintings are scenes of places he has visited, and includes birds and animals that live in those environments.

Unfortunately, those protected areas are now mostly islands surrounded by a rapidly growing sea of humanity. As our population increases, the space left for wildlife diminishes, and their (and our) future prospects are imperiled. Human impacts are now a global threat to our environmental welfare. Our corporate consumer culture is changing the climate with hardly a thought of the consequences. We need to reconsider our assumption that growth is good, and be aware that there are natural limits to population and consumption. If we continue to be so shortsighted and greedy, we cannot expect the future to turn out well.


This is a dedication site to the art of Chris Frolking. It is not currently run by Chris Frolking, and no copyright infringement is intended.