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.
I chose to use the “Broken Galaxy” as my representational composition. I actually created this piece on accident when I stepped on my glass sheet that was covered in glitter, I was going to photograph it at first but then I realized this would make a great scanner piece due to the reflection of the glitter and glass. Prior to making the “Broken Galaxy” I created “iSpy” which was intended to be scanner art of things that make and I continued to add components due to its resemblance to the I Spy books.
I chose to use the “Flower Glitch” because the black and white flowers had a calming, peaceful effect on the erratic foil in the photo. I went for a minimalist approach on both non-representative compositions shown. I had a piece of silver fabric foil, used in both pieces, which reflect the scanner light very nicely. Though, I did really enjoy “The Flowered Vine” because of it’s vibrant colors as well as its illusion of a flat object.
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.
This is suppose to be somewhat ironic in that you have so much hype to Disneyland but this piece is basically a run down Disneyland in a swamp. I used the castle image provided as the background and used the boulders and rocks from the beach image to further downgrade the mote by adding an island and boulders to the grass near the opening of the castle. I also added an excited prom girl that reminded me of a dressed up princess though her dull color fit into the irony. I then used the pink orchid (given) and a purple wildflower to line the mote bridge and the paper lantern flowers to the towers to resemble fire to overall contrast the irony of the run down castle. Lastly I added an alligator and the Disneyland logo to the the swamp and castle to give reference to my idea.
Cory Arcangel is a well known artist who combines digital technology and pop culture by using different methods such as appropriation, gradients, videos to create new works of art.
His use of gradients tend to be very simple, which makes me wonder how these pieces came to be. I wonder if he was just sitting at his computer playing around and was like hey this looks cool I am going to hang it up.
Cory also created a program that could order Dominoes pizza through a command-line interface which I thought was really cool (being a computer science major and all)! I am not sure if this piece itself is considered art except for the part that he created a program that did something cool. That being said unless you are interested in reading code or ordering pizza on while coding I don’t think this work really speaks to you. He clearly was targeting a certain group.
It is clear that Cory likes to appropriate and alter well know games such as Mario. It is also clear that Cory has lots of talent doing it though my problem with it is that the movie and the Mario Cloud pieces seem rather pointless and as for the movie a bit annoying.
Rashaad Newsome is a artist who works audio/film to enhance his installations of collages. Rashaad was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and attended Tulane University in his hometown. In 2004 he studied film at Film/Video Art Inc. in New York, New York.
Rashaad created many Shade compositions throughout his career, each unique in their own way. I really enjoyed watching these performances because of all the sass and attitude hence the name “Shade” most if not all the noises used to create the composition are sounds that you hear people do when giving attitude. As each performer makes their given noise they show the sass that is associated with the sound. The makeup the performers wear just adds to the beauty of the performance, he has males wearing dresses and makeup causing one to question how sexuality plays a part on who actually give attitude and the way they give it. I loved each one of his audio/film creations.
Rashaad is also known for his collage pieces, though I do not enjoy these as much as his audio work, both have a similar feel to each as if they were inspired by the streets of Louisiana. Both presenting attitude in a different contexts. I do like the framework on all his collages, they are very elaborate though it doesn’t fit quite well with the work framed inside due to the complexity of both the collage and frame, it is very overwhelming to look at. I will have to say Rashaad is a very creative artist because personally I would have never thought to show shade in such a rhythmic and interactive manner.