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January 10, 2003 - Image 84

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Computer Enhancement

Renee Gruskin, of West Bloomfield,
likes exploring different media. Her
computer work follows painting on silk
scarves, which she has sold to retailers,
and portraits for Children's Hospital.
"I take pictures with a regular cam-
era and then use software to paint and
enhance," explains Gruskin, who has
shown photography done in Israel
during an earlier show at the gallery.
"The computer offers so many pos-
sibilities, and I think it can help bring
out the best in a photo by changing
and adjusting colors and sharpening
certain segments."
Sunday Best, a photo of a man sit-
ting on a doorstep in China, has been
altered by adding color to the back-
ground and using sepia tones for the
man. The artist has made the person
more separate and added detail to his

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Technical Backround

Michelle Hegyi, who has 10 pieces in
the show, brings a technical back-
ground to her artistry. A graduate of
the State University of New York in
Buffalo, she earned her degree in math
and came to Ann Arbor to work as a
computer software engineer.
Hegyi's early interests in art cropped
up again after she began raising her
children, and she studied with local
artists. She describes her work as
abstracted landscapes about people
and relationships.
"I like working with the com-
puter because I can try so many
different options," says Hegyi,
who was born in Israel. "I paint
on the computer using a tablet
and a pressure sensitive pen. I
look at the screen while Working
with the tablet."
Hegyi, whose work has been
shown at the Washington Street
Gallery in Ann Arbor, the ARC
Gallery in Chicago and the Ella
— Leslie Sobel Sharp Museum in Jackson, has a
new series for the West Bloomfield
show. Equilibrium was planned to
depict
balance in life's quests.
surroundings.
"My
paintings using real paint
"I accented his weather-beaten look,
inspire
my digital work, and my digital
and I think the feeling is more real in
paintings inspire my paintings using
some ways and more artistic in oth-
traditional mediums," Hegyi says.
ers," says Gruskin, who became inter-
"I started painting using a computer
ested in computer techniques after see-
long
before personal computers and
ing a demonstration.
painting
software existed. I wrote a
The artist, who has studied at the
computer
program to randomly assign
College for Creative Studies and
sizes, angles, colors and placement to
Oakland Community College, will be
exhibiting travel images as well as pup- filled ellipses, and then painted them
accordingly with real paint."
pets and floral designs.
With two other artists, Leslie Sobel
and Lynda Cole, Hegyi founded the
Art Alchemists, a local digital-artists
Eye For Detail
collective.
Steve Tapper, known for his jewelry
designs, will be showing two photo-
graphs and a sculptural piece
Figurative Images
enhanced by computer intervention.
Sobel,
also part of "Technical Techniques:
"I like extracting everyday realities
Artists
Exploring Recent Technological
and making them into new designs,"
Advances,"
is showing nine mixed media
says Tapper, who has shown his photo-
pieces,
some
framed conventionally and
graphic images in another group
others
presented
as scrolls.
exhibit at the gallery.
"All
my
images
in this show. are figu-
"Because I work full time, any
rative
but
have
been
abstracted in
opportunity to share is special to me,
some
way,"
Sobel
says.
"They have
and I want to continue to be part of
dancer
components,
even
the one
the creative community."
that's
a
self-portrait."
When Tapper works at the comput-

"I use the computer to

let me merge and
manipulate ideas in ways
I could not do with
traditional media alone."

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er, he creates multiple prints, repeats
patterns and experiments with crop-
ping and extending portions of them.
Details are at the heart of his interest.
"I'm very observant, and I hope to
open eyes to a world that most people
might just pass by," Tapper says.

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