Artists

Ashleigh Buyers on Sep 12th 2010

SHIMMEL GOLD

I just found this really great artist who is already doing an what I had in mind for some future pieces. This is both good in bad. Good in that it proves my idea was good. Bad in that I’m going to have to add a knew twist to this idea to make it my own.  At the heart of the idea is combining mosaics and painting. She takes cut up magazines and creates beautiful portraits, usually of women but Elvis and Bob marly are in there to!

Another great aspec of her work is that she is using materials that would other wise go to waste. Something that has really attracted me to the concept. I currently have only one unfinished peice that utilizes the idea but finding her has really been the kick in the but I need to start producing more.  STINA PERSSON

What this fashion illustrator does with water color is really beautiful. Apparently she inspired the i-pod ad campaign which was really successfull. But don’t quote me on that.

Go to( www.trustyourstyle.com/2007/05/stina-persson-in-person.html# ) for a nice article about her and go to www.stinapersson.com to look at her awesome art.

JOHN HENRY BLATTER

After looking at John Blatter’s art and listening to Ginna’s presentation on this artist I have come to the conclusion that this visual artist is of the fearless and opinionated type.

And he has to be.  Anyone who would post art using his own image on such a public spaces as billboards has some guts. A person who designs a billboard like a Hooters spoof off with himself in a little black outfit has more than a few guts.

So who is this fearlessly opinionated artists? and where is he coming from? surprisingly enough he is a traditionally trained sculpture who graduated from Ohio state and then got his masters in sculpture from VCU.  While sculpture is not gone completely from his art, he realizes that there are  better medias through which to convey what he values the most, his opinions.

And they are!

“In our society, the technology of media has become such an integrated part of our lives that it has created a perverse sense of reality, and in the work I am exploring, questioning and testing this reality. There has become such media sensory overload, that I have begun to wonder if this virtual world has desensitized us for what is actually real.”

-John Blatter

In two of his projects “Billboards #1” and “As seen on TV” Blatter uses the vary sensory media he says is overloading us with a perverse sense of reality and does just that! Anyone who takes 1-64 W to 183c is not going to find a hooters, which is probably what they think when they just glance at the sign. before your mind registers that that is not a hott girl on that sign!

Another topic that Blatter likes to study involves our anxieties and fears of how others perceive us. The billboards definitely touch on this topic but also his project entitled “As seen on TV” which is a work that “.. utilizes the tropes of the Infomercial to bridge the two reoccurring themes throughout Blatter’s work. The work takes it’s conceptual cues from his commentary on the Art Market/Art World and combining it with the anxieties of self reflection.” the whole idea is that John Blatter is selling himself on the ads the way he says that people sell themselves or the vision that want the world to see to society.

My Favorite piece by him involves his examination of this last topic and is entitled Opening night

Which is an instillation piece involving video projection and an artificial stage with a spot light. It is through the curtains and into the spotlight that the viewer comes through and stands in to view/ experience the piece. the “audience” consists of none other than out dear John Blatter. 120 individual complied videos of the man mingling, chatting, dozing off and sometimes chatting about what is going on on stage. I like this piece because just the fact of how he created an audience of him is technically amazing. but also how he turns around the table on the viewer who then becomes the “viewed” is funny!

In closing I think one the best things about Blatter besides his wickedly witty scene of humor his the fact that he doesn’t chain himself down to one medium  even though his has a masters in it. He does and learns what he needs to do to make the art he wants and that is principle i think all artists especially young ones should embrace.

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NAM JUNE PAIK

Known as the first Video Artist, Nam June Paik was born in Seoul (Korea) in 1932 on June 20th and died 68 years later in 2006.  He and his family were forced to flee Korea during the Korean war. He ended up  studying art and music at both the university of Tokyo and Munich. For the rest of his life both Art and music will be closely intertwined and change the way the art world saw video.

He met several key figures that had a great impact on his artistic direction:

Composers  John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen, as well as, artisits Joseph Beuys and Wolf Vostell. Who’s work inspired him to work in the electronic arts.

Bing one of the first if not the first users of video his work is largely a product of experimentation with videos electricity music and other factors such as magnets and how they alter the image on screen.

One of his first works was his collaboration with classical cellist Charlotte Moorman.  He stacked several TVs on top of each other to form a cello that responded to the sounds made by Moorman when she performed.





One of my favorite works that he did was a piece were he he made an entire wall out of TVs and then manipulated them into making up one video. Each tv is like it’s own pixel. just playing it’s own video not realizing it is part of a much larger work. My favorite part is when the tiger jumps at the screen. It reminds me of of those images people make that are made up of 100s of photos shrunk down that make a person’s face. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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Unlike the other digital artist we have looked at Stephen Vitiello Associate Professor of kinetic Imaging at VCU, creates pieces with digital sound as appose to digital images. In fact he is also an instillation artists who paints the Gallery with sound.

So how does he do it?

Stephen Vitiello, an associate Professor of Kinetic Imaging at VC, is unique from the other digital artists we have covered because unlike most of them he is not dealing with multiple colored pixels, videos or even light! Yet he is still a video artist. No his area of expertise is on the sound waves not the light waves!

When it comes down to it, it all started out with the typical teen’s phase obsession with punk rock. But the when Vitiello learned you could play the guitar and piano different ways to change the sound he began to “play around with it” eventually this lead to electronic or rather digital manipulation of sound and installing those pieces in different gallery spaces.

In his piece about the Sounds of Australia, Vitiello traveled all over the continent doing what he does best. Focusing on the little detail of sounds that are sometimes lost. Things like wind and the way water sounds when it hits rock or wood a certain way.  He then set up a sound space in Sydney park decorated with colorful changing light and walla! Sounds of Australia instillation by Vitiello!

To me this is a fabulous Idea! I have actually very recently started playing the piano again and have just fell in love with making music to the extent that some times I would rather play then draw.  What I think is also interesting about his work is that he has to go out into the wild and capture these sounds like they were some rare creature and in fact some of the sounds are completely unique to the place of origin. So I love the adventure aspect of it.

It might be neat to do apiece entitled “Sounds of Mary Washington”

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Paul Pfeiffer is a video artist origionally from Hawiai but who currently lives and works in New york City. Even though he got a BFA in Printmaking from San Fransisco institute, Pfeiffers main focus is on video.

The subjects he chooses for his works are ususally sporting events but what is more important to his choice of events is that they are events where a lot of things are going on. From the players on the court, to the audience in the stands. What Pfeiffer likes to do is focus the viewers’s attention on a specific object or person that, do to the over flow of visual information, the viewer would not typically look at or really see. Pfeiffer does this by editing out the unwanted visuals. For example in his piece Fragment of a Crucifixion he had all the other players on the court edited out save for one player who for a moment was screaming.

Pfeiffer also likes to  loop the footage he pulls, I say pulls because 9 times out of 10 he does not directly shoot the video he manipulates, creating a hyptonic rythum that he describes as having a fireplace quality.

I enjoyed his work a lot. It in many ways redeemed video art for me after seeing a couple video artists that I did not enjoy. I like the whole refocusing aspect of his work and I also like the hyptonic looping. Another thing I like about him was the fact that through a “failure” he was able to move forward in his art creativity. When he was editing out the other players in “Fragment of a Crucifixion”. He could not get one player to completely disappear, leaving a clear yet mirage like profile moving around in the back ground. Pfeiffer took full advantage of that flaw and used it as the focus in his piece titled, The long Count.


He shows or rather doesn’t show two boxers punching it out in the ring. you can just barely see their ghostly siluoets but the biggest indicator that they are there,  is the movement of the floor and ring ropes. It reminds me of that it would look like if the invisible men had a smack down. 🙂

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Jenny Holzer is a contemporary artist that loves to work primarily with text from other

authors.  She varies the the presentation of the text and in the length of text but is consistent in her placement of the text in public spaces.  Her methods for the display of her chosen text include silkscreen prints, LED signs, condoms and Xeron light projections. The later is currently her primary median. From 1993 till now she has

made gigantic projections on all types of architecture all over the world such as the Spanish steps and buildings in New York city.

The size and brightness of the projector creates a powerful in-your-face overbearing statement in an of itself. Regardless of text content. The content of the text varies for each location. The text can be very short, keeping in mind that people in a public space usually only give things a passing glance. In other instances they can be not only long but continuous, moving in a ending credits fashion. The types of things she usually pulls have to do with her opinions about society. One of her biggest topic is cruelty “in hopes”, she says “that people will recoil from it.” She also use to use her own words in her projections but found that she could never  cover what she wanted to say.

I love, love, love the idea of projection on large buildings, monuments, or structures in general. Plus the fact that she took beautiful black and white photographs of the text in the location only adds more layers of medium use to it. Her work does bring up a lot of questions for me though such as what is the meaning behind the phrase together with this building. What is she trying to say. Also I think she tends to forget that her audience is the public and presents text set in a way that goes way over the heads of 95% of the public. This can frustrate people who don’t understand but can’t help but notice the gigantic bright text. Why waste their time?  also in some of the photographs you can’t tell what it is saying or what the building is, thus lossing the meaning. which also makes me ask if they are ment to be viewed on location and not in a photo graph.

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Jeff Baij pronounced “bye” is a digital artist that lives in Venice, California. Hippos, event horizons, and fatal familial insomnia, among other things, frighten him. While not making a very comfy salary from his art he still loves those that visit his blog.

For most of his work he uses Photoshop and video and in some cases a little bit of paint as well such as in this work posted October 16th. Speaking of paint what most interests me about Baij is that in some of his pieces he uses Photoshop in a way that looks like the pieces was make with paint such as this outrageously large piece posted on October 18th 2010.

There is so much variety in what he does that I get the feel that this is more of a pleasant past time then a serious career. He posts what he wants, they don’t have to make sense or correlate with the other pieces such as another October 18th post that had only text and sound clips scattered throughout that say various computerized phrases such as “contender eliminated”. He also produces work in MASS quantity. Not other artist we have looked had head as this much stuff on his site. Of course that is another typical tell tale sigh of a career artist. They usually post the publicly appealing works and stuff the others a computer file somewhere marked untitled.

The way I feel about Baij’s work is the following: I like some of it dislike most of it by but respect all of it as someone’s past time that makes them happy and that does not involves kicking puppies.

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Robin Rhode is an artists from Cape town, south Africa. He makes art on several levels. the first is the 2d Aspect of his art which is usualy drawn in some public space such as a baseketball court or the side of a building in chalk or a simple oil stick. THe next level is the 3D aspect of his work  which involces 3D objects like bricks or a basketball interacting with the 2D drawing. The 3rd level involves his own involvment in the the work which is captured by the 4th level, photography. He then takes the series of photographed images and creates digital animations with them, the final level.

Of course the other question is in regards to the meaning behind his work.

Coming from south africa whose inhabitacnce face many social struggles along with poverty. Rhode adresses these issues  of conflict and possible failure through the various  senarious he creates, while  also trying to keep them playful.

I think this attitude conbined with the fact that his works are so entertaining makes Rhode my favorite artists in this series. The fact that he goes back to his home town and brings a bit of reality combined with laughs is very significant and probably touuches many youths victimiesed by the social conflicts of the area.

One of my favorite pieces by Rhode is his piece entitled “Stone Flag” I love how he creates the illusion so that the viewer senses that the bricks are as light as a feather.

With these different levels it is hard to define which category his work goes under. But I think it is fair to say that whatever it will be classified as, he  is a great example of artists that as embraced the digital way to approach the creation of his art.

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This week we introduce yet another Chicago photographer and digital artist. Artisit and currently Culumbia professor Matt Siber, it would appear, has three interests: advertising, the environment and photoshop. All three come together in the majority of his photographs, but they are especially clear in his photographic projects called “Untitled” and “Floating Logos”.

The whole idea behind the project “Untitled” is the idea that the public uses more than just text to communicate such as with symbols, colors, architecture and corporate branding. Matt Siber says,

” …the project explores the manifestation of power between large groups of people in the form of public and semi-public language. The absence of the printed word not only draws attention to the role text plays in the modern landscape but also simultaneously emphasizes alternative forms of communication…”

The other Project that really caught my eye was the series entitled “Floating logos” In this piece Siber once again captures advertisements but this time he does not delete the text but removes the support structure that raise them above the viewer.

What I like about this “Floating Logos” series, especially series 1, which has more of a sever angle, the the images are taken close to the sign looking up so that the signs loom over you, is the fact that they give me a whole new feeling of awe when I see them, even though I know it is just a photoshop trick. It suddenly makes these country stores seem cutting edge and futuristic. What if! Now I can’t wait for some physics major and engineer to cababorate on that one.

In closing, I also noticed that Matt Siber does not just deal with photography, even though it gets the majority of his time and he seems to prefer it. His ideas about Advertising and the environment have been applied to conceptual sculpture pieces and one bicycle.For this project he painted over all the old brand name text and simply painted the work bicycle on the side.

And There you  have it Matt Siber, the Logo Rebel.

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CORY ARCANGEL

Cory Arcangel is, as he put it, a  “… 32 year old computer programmer, web designer, and artist and working in Brooklyn and this is my internet home. Welcome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” he also has a sense of humor, and does stand up comedy too :0) His computer programming expertise allows him to create. But his humor allows him to see the funny side of things and create art.

Being a computer enthusiast he finds it fun to manipulate old video games such as supper Mario for Nintendo and create short videos representing the slow deterioration the games experience because of the lack of use. In his piece “Super Mario Clouds” Arcangel deleted everything in the game except the clouds that were designed to slowly and repeatedly glide across the sky. He also created other works that display various shapes and colors that you would find on your screen such as his piece “The Sharper Image” A piece that takes a look back to the tools people use every day but take for granted like the screen.

I enjoyed the humor of his work but also I was able to see and appreciate the deeper meaning in it after research his work. I also appreciated it, because I am also a computer enthusiast and I  marvel at the idea of manipulating and creating computer programs.  Also, I  just really like Super Mario and Rainbows, two subjects he uses frequently in his work. So you could say that he is an artist that appeals to me both visually and academically. Another thing I like about his work is that he projects it on a big scale, not on a small computer screen.

Another thing I enjoyed about Cory Arcangel was his blog “Sorry I haven’t posted”. It made me smile until it exploded aka a laugh. Humans and their problems/lives can be so funny and interesting at times. And then give them a place to tell you about it and it gets out of control! I feel Arcangel must get his daily dose of Laugh from it each day.

Ian j. Whitmore is a contemporary freelance photographer, art director and web designer. He lives and works in Chicago where he very much enjoys creating images that are so ordinary, they are out of the ordinary. In both of his albums entitled “Channals” and “Nowhere” he examines objects that people look at every day but hardly ever really see. In “Channels” he took a series of shots of the inside of peoples houses where the TV was on.  While all the spaces where similar in that they all included a televisions, they were dissimilar in every other way which revealed a  little about the inhabitants personality. In his picture “Megan and Karl” the surroundings reveal the inhabit has a preoccupation with pirates from all the black, white and red clothes, as well as the red which and x marks the spot thong.  In His album Nowhere he goes around searching for everyday unimportant space, 99% of them having some form of shrub or plant life in them.

My favorite picture cam from his album Nowhere, image #8005 includes a shrub in the corner of an office meeting room. The tree, which I believe is a fig, seemed very human like to me and I imagined that with the amount of time someone stays in this room they would eventually feel like they were taking root and sprouting leaves at times. Over all I respect his work and what he is examining which is the many many spaces that we are sometimes blind too in our busy lives, however let me just say you will not see a framed copy of “Megan and Karl” mounted on my wall.

credits:

http://proximitymagazine.com/

http://ianwhitmore.com/cv/

Jonathan Gitelson

Jonathan Gitelson is by occupation an artist, by Birth a New Yorker and by residency, a Chicagoan.  So what does this Chicagoan artist create? Well, it could be anything and found anywhere. You see, Mr. Gitelson is an artist of the every day object. It is one of his favorite loves.

He says, “Commonplace things fascinate me. Overheard conversations, chance encounters and found objects are just a few of the seemingly mundane things that have inspired my work. By examining the overlooked artifacts of everyday life such as discarded letters or receipts, I catch a glimpse into the daily lives of people in my community.”

His pieces are like a game of hide and seek. He finds the object and then nine times out of 10 he presents it in some form of Photography or graphic design accompanied by some appropriate text. In his series “Dream Job” He matched up photos of people with job advertisements. And in one of his VHS tape series titled “The Quitter” he created a graphically designed poster displaying several narrative photographs of a guy smoking all day long.

To me the best part about Gritelson’s work is his attitude towards the everyday object and life in general. Had he not had a creative and open mind towards objects that other people could care less about his piece “The Car Project” might never have come to be! Instead of getting frustrated every time he found his car littered with flashy fliers he spent hours sewing 1000s of those digitally produced, advertisement masterpieces into a car cover! It didn’t stop there. Next, he drove the car back to clubs advertised by the fliers and took pictures of the car cover by the curb. So in the end, he turned an annoyance into a humorous statement about ineffective and wasteful advertisement!

To me, Jonathan Gitelson is a very creative and humorous mind and contributes a lot of his talent to the world of digital art. So it is a great thing in my opinion that his work will be displayed at The UMW Galleries from October 29th –Dec 3rd. J

Info sites:

  1. http://cookdigiart.umwblogs.org/
  2. http://gitelson.blogspot.com/
  3. http://www.mocp.org/collections/permanent/gitelson_jonathan.php
  4. image http://artcar.blogspot.com/2008_01_01_archive.html
  5. http://www.mocp.org/collections/mpp/gitelson_jonathan.php
  6. http://www.thegit.net/thegit.net/

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