|Artist||Ritchie, Bill H.|
|Nationality or Tribal Affiliation||American|
|Title||Dog and the Dreamer|
|Type of Object|
|Dimensions||H-19.7 W-51.9 cm|
|Collection||Missoula Art Museum Collection|
|How acquired||Gift of J. Scott Patnode in honor of Steve Glueckert|
|Statement about this object||
"Combining four computer images from 1984, I created 'The Dog and the Dreamer' in 1988, early in my two-year stay at Devereux Designs, Ltd., I was a 'back-room' computer wiz for an interior designer named Dennis Mashek. He made his living by consulting on custom designed carpets, and we had an agreement that I would help min and in return I could use his computer system.
"It was an IBM compatible system that was far better than the ones in my own studio. With all this technology at hand, I could go back through the years of multimedia work and bring it into the new standards set by Mircosoft MS/DOS computers.
"The Dog originates in the Hand-made dog series, and the Dreamer somes from the '36 Views of the Locus of Beauty' series. The in-between area is from some 'moon-scape' images and serves as a background.
"The print is rare because there did not seem to be any interest in them, so I didn't bother to make mroe than one or two. It is rare, too, because I had to go to the extra trouble piecing the three prints into one, finding the least noticeable way, etc. The type of printer is a 'thermal' printer and replaced my use of the earlier 'ink jet' printers. I like the satin finish and the fact that the colors are expected to last longer.
"A variation of this print, in screen print, is in the Tacoma Art Museum, the Cheney Cowles Museum, and the Oregon Art Institute under the titles, 'Lunar Concerns' and 'Dreamer.' This print, it might be noted, was a pre-cursor to the screenprints, co-published with C.T. Chew."
-Bill H. Ritchie, comment, October 8, 1991
New Media Art