Yasunao Tone is a very diverse Japanese artist. He was born in Tokyo, Japan and graduated from Chiba Japanese National University, majoring in Japanese literature. He is known mostly for his musical works.
Although the high pitch sounds in MP3 Deviation #6 are somewhat difficult to listen through, his work is has many different sounds. Some remind me of a peaceful waterfall which is ironic when he has the very distracting, game like sounds playing at the same times. It almost sounds like one was playing Super Mario or something when they encountered a annoying glitch.
Similar to MP3 Deviation #6, Man Yo 36-37 507417 Xero Crossings also has very annoying sounds that are very hard to get passed or listen to. When I listen to these piece it makes me wonder whether he was trying to create some EDM when he encountered these obnoxious noises that manage to catch your interest as well.
Marco Brambilla was born in Milan, Italy and now based New York artist. Marco attended Ryerson University. He creates video collages and is known for his re-contextualizations of popular and found imagery.
When you first enter Marco Brambilla webpage, you encounter one of his many works, “Countdown (Apollo XVIII)” 2015. “Apollo XVIII is a multi-channel video installation which interprets man’s relationship to space exploration and presents an imagined mission to the moon; a mission born in the virtual age.” I enjoyed this piece because is imitated an actual event in such a dramatic way in which it makes you wonder how it must have been to view the Apollo launch live in Times Square. Th way the video is very dramatic it seems as if it is part of a very interesting movie. The imitation of the real event is also meant to question the nature of fact and fiction, which is not obvious at first.
Another work that caught my attention is his “Materialization/De-materialization” 2013 piece, in which these simple rings turn into a rings made up of human silhouettes. The video represents how characters from Star Trek de- materialize when they teleport and then re- materialize at their destination. Without this information it makes you question the existence of the life and how humans can only survive depending on others.
Jeremy Blake was a digital artist and painter. He worked mainly with DVD projections, prints, and collaborative film projects. Although Blake is no longer with us his vibrant work lives on.
Going through most of his work I realized that he uses many bright colors in his works to catch the eye. Although, most of his work combines different bright colors into one image, the colors aren’t overwhelming which I find quite impressive.
I really enjoy his digital prints colors and images though I believe they would be more influential if rather then being prints they were 3-D installations. I would have greatly enjoyed walking through an installation such as The Witch’s Cap with long neon lights or lasers leaning on walls while the walls and floors were covered in prints. Same goes for the All Mod Cons where layers of colored glass could be vertically installed so that the viewers could weave through the different layers that were used to create this effect.
Takeshi Murata is an amazing digital artist, he works with prints, digital sculptures, and projections. Although I did not know who Takeshi Murata was prior to this blog post, I did immediately recognize his art works.
I greatly enjoyed this piece in that he created an animated sculpture using a variety of still photographs while rotating the image to create this work of art. I love that the ripples of the surface resemble the ripples in water creating a calming effect. As well as the silver color of the entire object itself to give it a futuristic vibe. These two effects combine may attempt to make a statement of the future. Although the future is still unknown, there is nothing to worry about, stay calm and live on.
Another collection that I enjoyed was the pigment prints due to the physical absence of man. Each image depicts an abandon room reminding me of how bachelor pads are depicted on TV. Due to the absence of man I believe this is a visual representation of a man’s past as he grows up and becomes a family man. Another idea I believe these image may be presenting is the sad reality of being a bachelor. In the movies and TV shows a bachelor is depicted as this cool guy who has no care in the world other than sleeping around, drinking, doing drugs, playing games, and eating. Though this fun image of a bachelor may not always be true, though it may all be for show and in these prints the loneliness inside can be seen.
Jodie Mack is an experimental animator. She uses her work to question the role of decoration in daily life and attempts to unleash the kinetic energy of objects.
I am unsure how I feel about her work yet. I love the use of colors and patterns used in her films though I don’t quite enjoy the film themselves. I believe my favorite work was the The Saddest Song in the World (2010) and All Eyes on the Silver Screen (2010).
I enjoyed this film because the animation fit the music (for the most part) that was playing in the background. The animation worked as a visual narration of the song. The bright colors, patterns, and song combine in a way that draws the audience into the animation and allows the viewer to generally be interested to the very end.
I enjoyed this piece because it showed the evolution of women’s eye makeup and how it deteriorated the natural woman’s image. This piece speaks to how society expects women to look and how women are expected to maintain a certain image. On the right side of the screen displays the evolution of the “perfect woman” while the left side shows the effects of society’s pressure on a woman’s emotional being.
Pipilotti is a visual artist who is mainly known for her video art. Similarly as Jenny Holzer, Pipilotti also works with though on a smaller scale.
Sip My Ocean is a very peaceful piece that I really enjoyed. Although I am unsure if the music is part of the performance I believe it really enhanced the experience. Being a huge fan of the ocean I really appreciated the different shots in the video. I love that the whole film didn’t only include the blue ocean, there were different hues as well as shots of people which got me to question the purpose of the video.
On a different note I didn’t like Be Nice to Me as much, probably since it is somewhat unsettling to watch her drag her face across the glass, smearing make up and slobbering. I do like that she used a face since it is readily available and as the piece describes it turns the body into an instrument. This reminds me of our scanner projects and how multiple people used their hands and faces to create beautiful images.
Jason Salavon is know for taking preexisting media and recreating them into his own art; basically he is know for appropriation. Jason background in art and programming helped develop his art creations. I greatly enjoyed the Shoes, Domestic Production piece in that it is very aesthetically pleasing to the eye. It also reminds me of the 4th of July and how we can look up to the sky and see different fireworks exploding. Such a gorgeous view that he was able to mimic using computer software.
I believe his art work is very creative including his dirtier art (76 blowjobs) in which he turns something obscene into something somewhat presentable, less inappropriate, and unidentifiable.
I really enjoyed the 100 Special Moments collection, in which Jason blurred out each photo similarly to above photo though are definitely a lot more pleasant to envision when you try to decipher the photo. I believe together these photos are very unique in the fact that if shows different sides of the artist without changing much at all but the subject.
Jenny Holzer is an American artist who uses a modern approach to conceptual to address political issues. She uses projections onto different buildings in different cities to express different issues. I greatly admire this passive approach because although the projections are of words the manner in which they are presented really catches the eye of the viewer.
Sadly I do not believe the photos give justice to the art itself, it is difficult to read and envision the scale of the projection through the photos. I believe that viewing Holzer’s art in person would give an entirely different reaction because the darkness/light combination and scale of the projection would definitely make the experience.
Another thing I found interesting about Holzer art work is that she was able to elegantly combine written art and visual art in way that easily catches the audience’s attention. There is a sense of sass and passion in her words almost as if she is being blunt in a nice way. I think her use of bright lights is somewhat of a metaphor in that the bright lights are literal eye openers and her words are mental eye openers.
Kelli Connell is a digital artist and photographer who alters images in a believable manner. Her work questions how sexuality and gender roles influences an individual’s identity. Kelli mainly uses a single model.
Connell uses multiple photos edited into a grand photo. I greatly enjoy her work because even though this model is portrayed as each person, each character in the photo clearly has a separate personality. Possibly indicating that each character is different personality of the same individual. Each photo is also very relaxed and believable, which adds to overall effect of the photo.
The above picture, “The Valley” is my favorite of her photographs because its so peaceful, personal, and pure. This photo is clearly influenced by sexuality and gender roles. I am sure some people would find this photo unpleasant or disturbing though personally I love it. It represents love and how love can take any form.
Christian Marclay is an American and Swiss visual artist and composer. Similarly to Rashaad Newsome and Cory Arcange, he explores the boundary between sound, photography, and video. He is considered a pioneer of creating sound collages by using turntables and records as musical instruments. If you think about it he is basically a DJ, he takes preexisting records and creates a new sound.
He also has a 13 min, 40 sec long animated projected which is entirely silent and synchronized with 3 other projected animations. The projected animations display sounds as works and completely surrounds you to try to absorb you into attempted sound. I really enjoyed this piece because sound as words are used in comic books and I find it fascinating that the use of font, color, and size can impact the way you react and feel towards the sound. I believe Christian Marclay is very creative in his ways to change one’s perspective on how sound should be experienced. Through this installation sound can be absorbed visually.
Another of Christian Marclay more famous works is The Clock, which is essentially a 24 hour video compilation of time which is synced to real time. In this video one can unravel time and get a full array of emotions, scenery, and narratives within a few minutes. When I watched part of the video I found it interesting that not only is the time in the show sync to real time, in a sense so are the emotions because somewhere in the world clip is likely occurring. Another interesting point is that this video draws attention to an everything thing that we know and talk about but we never truly experience in such a manner.
In both of these examples, the full effect of the art cannot be fully appreciated do to the fact we are not surrounded by it in the present. Sadly this takes away from the message Christian Marclay is trying to convey.