The other day I received an email from Eric Dymond's son Chris, informing me of his recent death.
Chris said "It with great sadness that I inform you that my father, Eric Dymond, passed away in his sleep on October 7th. My father was a Furtherfield contributor and artist (http://furtherfield.org/user/eric-dymond) and you have one of his greatest digital works, "The Dream” which he left in Furtherfield's care. I have included his obituary and would like you to know that he was very fond of the on-line arts community and Furtherfield."
I thought it right to pay mine, Ruth's and our peers respects today, for the sad loss of Eric -- here on this list, because I know this gesture would've meant something special to him.
We first met Eric via the Internet in the early days and then later Ruth met him in the US, a few years ago and they got on well. With him, we share a very special and magnificent history of the Internet and a pioneering spirit, with a mutual intention of breaking down barriers and bypassing elitism in mainstream art culture.
Eric was a very early contributor to Furtherfield from the mid-late 90s, and onwards. In fact, we've ended up looking after his early hyper-text/video, net art piece called 'dream' (http://bit.ly/1OwzwQm). "Based on a friend's unusual dream, it became the focus of an extended web piece." It was also Included in The Images festival of Independent Film in Toronto at the time.
Eric's last piece of writing on Furtherfield was an interview in 2010 with US Artists MTAA (Tim Whid and Mike Sarff), 'All Raise This Barn - a group-assembled public building and/or sculpture.'. http://furtherfield.org/interviews/all-raise-barn-mtaa please give it read, it's a good interview and a decent project. Eric was always supportive of Furtherfield's values around freedom of artistic expression, and was not afraid to express this. We will always be grateful for his energy an d being there on the Internet arguing with us against the heirachies andn elitism in the media art world and mainstream arts.
Eric Dymond was an artist who worked with many tools and programming languages. He graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a BFA in studio. He exhibited paintings in Toronto, Detroit, New York, Montreal and London during the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's. The paintings were created with sandblasted sprays employing formal themes from the history of painting (still life's , individual portraits, traditional landscapes). These series appear minimal with repeating content and are a form of Serialism. In the early 1990's he began working with digital media, building perl programs with TCL/TK, web sites (see the doorway on Leonardo) and stand-alone applications. He continued working in all media, rejecting specialization. He has also has artworks on the Rihzome art database - http://rhizome.org/profiles/ericdymond1/
He will remain in our hearts and memories. Not only because of a shared history but also because he was a genuine human being. For us as part fo Furtherfield, his legacy leaves us with a feeling of warmth and deep respect. He managed to maintain a humanity in his work and linked it closely to his everyday life, in education and family.
Our sincerest condolences to Eric Dymond's family and a big warm thanks Eric!
For being awake, alive, and an honourable human...
Marc & Ruth.
The funeral is 12th october - http://turnerporter.permavita.com/site/EricDymond.html?s=40
Eric Dymond - Family man, artist, professor, nature lover and humourist died in his sleep on Wednesday October 7th, 2015 at the age of 64. Inspiring father to Chris (Wendy), Erica, Graeme (Jesslyn). Adored Pappy to Audrey and Desmond. Loyal brother of Jan (Romy), Pat (Gary). Goofy uncle of Heather (Harry). Childhood spent with long-time friends from Etobicoke and Kipling Collegiate. Proud graduate of NSCAD (class of '75), he will be long remembered for his still life work displayed across North America, his trailblazing contributions to both the genesis of rhizome.org and the digital media community at large. A professor beloved by both colleagues and by thousands of fine arts & I.T. students at Humber College for nearly 40 years. He taught true understanding over memorization. He lived life with an enduring passion, which he passed on to the Swansea community at Rennie Rink, the rec centre and Bloor West as a whole. The inspiring Ontario landscape gave him peace of mind and a doorway to creative possibilities. He was particularly fond of Belfountain and Toronto's High Park, which he enjoyed with his family and close friends whom he cherished deeply. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane Subway on Monday from 6 – 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. If desired, remembrances may be made to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.