Pipilotti Rist is a Swiss visual artist who works with video, film, and moving images. She studies commercial art, illustration and photography at the University of Applied Arts Vienne and then later studied video in Switzerland. One of her works, Ever is Over All was a 1997 audio video installation that was later been purchased by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. It features a young women smiling walking in slow-motion, smashing the windows of parked cars with a hammer that’s shaped like a flower.
The video of the woman is playing alongside a video of fields of red flowers waving in the wind. The video is very fluid in the sense that the women walking is so calm and collected, smiling and almost skipping alongside the cars, with the flowers video playing right next her and then its interrupted when she slams the flower hammer into the car window.
Jason Salavon is a contemporary artist who manipulates preexisting media and data and creates new artwork. He received his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. One of his most famous works is 100 special moments where he took 100 photographs from the Internet and created his own code to make final composition.
I liked the fact that he made his own software and code, and then took other peoples images and made his own, its sort of a twist on apportion. My favorite piece of his was the color wheel. It was really fun to look it.
He took thousands of images found by searching for color terms.
Kelli Connell is a contemporary photographer who earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas, and currently teaches at Columbia College Chicago. Her photography depicts a close relationship with a woman, a model named Kiba Jacobson, whom she uses for all her work, in a relationship with herself. In an interview with Flakphoto.com, Kelli Connell stated that she uses one women as two different characters in the same image because it can be interpreted in two different ways. As a two people in a relationship, or multiple versions of one’s self. With some of her images, I do feel as if it is two people in a relationship, sharing with the world some private moments. Breaking gender roles, and the stereotype that one person in the relationship has to be the masculine one, while the other has to be feminine.
Then with some of her other images, even though the same model is being used, it feels like two different versions of one’s self.
Christian Marclay is a Swiss-American artist who grew up in Geneva, Switzerland. He got a Bachelor of Fine Arts it the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. He is an artist who has worked in almost every medium of art, but he always incorporates sound or music in every one of his pieces. He sometimes works with records to create new music, by using the records on turntables to create continuous loops, and skips. The first piece I saw from him was him on Night Music using turntables. I couldn’t really get through the entire thing because it sounded like nails scratching down a board and that really gets on my nerves, so instead I clicked on another one of his pieces that youtube recommended called Telephone. Now this one I enjoyed. It was compliation video of Hollywood films with clips of actors dialing the phone, the phone ringing, running to the receiver, picking up, conversing, reacting, saying goodbye and finally hanging up. Each action had multiple clips from different films which makes its own narrative and makes it seem like they are all part of one huge conversation. I can only imagine the amount of films he had to watch to make this 7 ½ minute video.
Another one of pieces that I particularly enjoyed is his college work with album covers. I found this particular funny because for the appropriation assignment, I used album covers to create a person. I had never heard of Christan Marclay or seen any of his collages so I think its pretty cool, His are obviously are much cooler though.
We did have a different approach though, While I took the person out of the album cover, he kept the entire album in. While I was looking at all his collages, I couldn’t help but wish I did that with my own collage (keeping the album in) but I guess that’s what art is all about, looking at a work and being like “awh damn, I could have done that”
Wafaa Bilal is an Iraqi American artist and author who is known for his video, electronic, and media art. He is currently a professor at the Tisch School of the arts at NYU. He is most famous for his 2007 piece called Domestic Tension that was in protest of the Iraq War. He locked himself in a small room in a gallery located in Chicago for 30 days. He could be seen 24-7 with a remote controlled paintball that shot yellow paint that smelled bad and sounded like semiautomatic gun, viewers would be able to shoot at him at any time as well as communicate with him via chat. Overall, a total of 60,000 shots were fired. He turned his experience into a book “Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun.”
While the Domestic Tension piece was so insanely powerful. I found his The Ashes Series even more powerful. The ashes series was depicting the result of war ‘through the absence human life.’ I thought it was powerful for more personal reasons than anything else. I felt more connected to it because I grew up in the middle east, in Beirut right in the middle of the war. Having seen it first hand, the destruction that he depicts is very honest. It’s pretty cool series.
Cory Arcangel is a post-conceptual artist who works with almost every medium of art from Brooklyn, New York. He has worked with video game hacks, performance art, drawing, and music. He is best known for his video game hacks most famously his “Super Mario Clouds” and “Various Self Playing Bowling Games.”
His self playing bowling games exhibition was commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art, in New York, And the Barbican in London. In both museums, you walk into the room filled with large screen projections of various bowling games throughout history all playing themselves, and all throwing gutter balls.
In the Whitney museum, there ware 6 screens all playing, and in the Barbican, there were 14 screens. I think it was a cool project, and I understand why people thought it was interesting, especially to see the way that video game avatars have changed over time, and the graphics of the video game itself. It was really cool how he hacked the Nintendo and PlayStation to play itself and only throw gutter balls. An exhibition he had called This is All So Crazy, Everybody Seems So Famous had an art piece that I particularly liked.
It was of Hillary Clinton edited using Photoshop. I liked it because it was so simple and feels like anyone could have done it using basic Photoshop skills.
Rashaad Newsome is certainly the most interesting digital artists that I have seen. Trying to blend two cultures together, hip hop and art. He has dabbled in almost every form of digital art. He has produced collages, installations, performance pieces, videos and song.
One of the first pieces was a video series called “Shade Composition.” It was the first video that came up when you click on his website, so it was my first introduction on his work. The piece is preformed by women of color and drag queens. The performers were doing various expressions, head-cocking, tongue-clicking.… all gestures of displeasure and turned them into musical rhythms.
One of his other pieces that I found interesting was “Sun king.”
I think it was the colors that originally drew me, only realizing the man with the crown and the Lamborghini till the end. I am about 99.7% sure it is supposed to be Biggie. I loved the frame for the piece. The piece reminds of The Book of Kells (circa 800) Carpet Pages, from early medieval period of European art but with a modern pop culture twist.
It really gives it that look, that its something found in a king’s palace. The Book of Kells is the story of the bible, using illustrations. It was depicting religion and what was the most poplar idea then, god. With Rashaad’s piece, it felt like a role switch to what is now our most popular idea; hip-hop and pop culture. I don’t think that is what he was really going for with the piece, but that was what my interpretation of it was.