Bill Viola, Paul Pfeiffer, and Stephen Vitiello

•April 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Bill Viola

Bill is a video artist that combines digital with sound. He focuses mainly on human experiences such as birth, death, and aspects of consciousness. He also has been focusing on dualism, which states that you can’t understand one without the other(ex: life and death, light and dark etc.).

I think Bill’s work is amazing. He takes concepts that everyone much face but don’t ever think about or analyze and brings it to view. I know that he usually gets mixed reviews because of him stating the obvious, but even though the concept is obvious, we don’t see it until we are confronted with it and that’s what Bill is trying to portray in his work.

Paul Pfeiffer

Paul is a photographer, video, and sculpture artist. He uses technology to take apart the major roles that mass media play in shaping our thoughts. For instance, in a lot of his pieces, Paul takes sports shots and digitally takes out the bodies of the players from the game and shifts the attention towards the audience, spectators, the equipment itself, or the goals/ trophies of the game.

Since I am not a huge fan of sports (yep sorry), the images are not my favorite out of the artists but the images and concept themselves are great. Through norms we are trained to see the same things over and over again and rarely look outside the box. Paul has taken what we don’t process first and giving it to us as the main subject, making it not just other still frame.

Stephen Vitiello

Stephen is an electronic musician and sound artist. His focus is on taking incidental noises and turning them into beautiful soundscapes. He can also be called a photographer because when he sets up to record sounds, he photographs the setups.

I listened to Stephen’s soundscapes and I would have never guessed that they were incidental sounds. There is so many things we hear but don’t process because we can only process a certain amount of information. He takes these sounds and makes wonderful music with it, all digitally. I really enjoyed listening to a variety of mixes he has made.

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Jeffrey Bail, Mathew Ritchie, and John Michael Boling

•April 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Jeffrey Bail

It was really hard to find any work that Jeffrey does let alone know what his concepts behind his art is. But, it looks to me like he is mainly a photography and he takes the concepts of photographing individual aspects of a project and then the final result being the complete set-up in its entirety.

Because I couldnt find a lot of work by Jeffrey Bail it was hard to tell whether I liked his work or not. The images I did see weren’t really standing out and I have no idea what the concept is behind his work.

Mathew Ritchie

Mathew does installations of paintings, light boxes, sculpyures, wall drawings, and projections. His concept behind his work is the idea of information and how it can be explored through architecture, science, history, and culture.

I was fasinated by Mathew’s work. He combines all types of media and uses knowledge of the past and present subjects to be inspirations for his work. I thought many of them were striking and colorful and modern. I would have loved to see some of these pieces in person because each one has a different view point and history behind it and I would like to be able to soak everything in instead of just seeing it through a computer screen.

John Michael Boling

John uses a mixture of photography and (mostly) video to represent his work. He takes video’s and images and re-works them to create his art. This is another artist that was hard to find which concepts he has chosen so its still a little unclear what the purpose behind his work is.

I didn’t really care for the John’s art just because it seemed very dated to me. It had a lot of already made aspects to it that he didn’t himself do. It seemed like a bunch of clips that he just put together. Most of them seemed distracting and not appealing to me.

Robin Rhodes, Duane Michals, and Alec Sloth

•April 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Robin Rhodes

Robin is a South African artist that works with many different medias, including chalk, paint, and charcoal. He first started out creating performances with the work that he made but later moved onto turning them into photography sequences and animations.

Robin’s work reminds me of a realistic cartoon because of the drawn/ painted aspects but also enhancing that look because of the photography sequences. Its very effective because you only receive a little bit of information at a time and have to move onto the next image and so forth to get the whole story.

Duane Michals

Duane uses photography sequences and a lot of times incorporates text. He focuses on subjects such as philosophy and emotion. For example, in the image titled “This Photograph is My Proof”, he pairs the picture with text telling how the image was a man’s proof that she once loved him.

I think sometimes text is hard to work with because it can give you and overload of information but the way Duane uses it adds to the images. He takes photographs that could be represented as just another snapshot and with the text puts another view point into the mix.

Alec Sloth

Alec is a photographer that portrays a movie feel to his images and adds elements of tale into them. He adds these elements so that the viewer can get a sense of story behind the images. He does this whether it is a person, place, or object. For example, he has several letters that he photographed about love and heart-ache that other people wrote, to give the viewer a piece of their story.

I liked the majority if Alec’s work but some of the images weren’t as appealing to me. I really enjoyed reading all the letters from different people and the images of the nude figures but it confused me a little to then show random motels and then pictures of the waterfall in the project titled “Niagra”.

Jenny Holzer, Cory Arcangel, Pipilotti Rist

•April 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Jenny Holzer

Jenny originally focused on painting and printmaking but soon got into working with photography and projections. Jenny takes a series of text and projects them onto very public spaces. She uses LED lights as her medium. She started out using her own text that she had come up with on her own and now she mainly works with the text that others have written, whether they are famous quotes or people she doesn’t know.

I thought Jenny’s work was brilliant. She sometimes uses quotes that can be a little vulgar, things people would never say out load and magnifies them so everyone can interact with it. I think most times projections, if large enough, have much more of an impact on us. This is especially true if it is viewed in a very public place, a place where we are not expecting it.

Cory Arcangel

Cory is a digital artist who focuses on the relationship between technology and culture/ the media. Most of his work consists of working with the old Mario games. For example, in a couple pieces Cory digitally took away everything in the image except for the clouds in the video game. He uses the same digital altering in many other pieces as well.

I wasn’t really every into the Mario games because I think because of location and age and so Cory’s work was as interesting to me because I feel it was a little dated. The images with the clouds just looked a little like he had drawn the clouds using the computer and that was it, I just didn’t prefer it but the concept behind Cory’s work is very strong I think. Cory is taking something that is so widely known and re-working it to make his own and re show it to the public is great.

Pipilotti Rist

Pipilotti is a video artist. Her pieces usually only last a couple minutes. She alters sound, speed, and color in everything she does. Pipilotti’s focus is mainly on the body, sexuality, and gender. A lot of people have thought she is feminist because of the very bubbly feel to her work.

I actually really enjoyed Pipilotti’s work because the colors are so bright, that it just tends to make you happy. They are very large scale pieces and I think that that is a good thing because it wouldn’t have the same feel to it if the happiness is overwhelming. Its like getting lost in your own very colorful world of the body.

Mark Klett, Arthur Liou, and Jeffrey Wolin

•April 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Mark Klett

Mark is a photographer who focuses on a person’s interaction with landscape. He also uses photography to anylze aspects of time (rephotography). He takes the same landscape and photographs it as time passes.

I think Mark’s work is amazing because it isnt dated in the fact that people of all ages can look at the past and interact with it. I have always thought certain landscapes were beautiful, but Mark uses the person’s interaction with that landscape. For example, in one piece he has blurred the person in the photography but illuminated a computer GPS screen and also using the light from the moon.

Arthur Liou

Arthur has worked with many different types of media but works mostly on photography and broadcasting those photographs. He works digitally to enhance the photos and usually displays them in public area’s like a broadcast to the public. For example, the piece titled “Bloodworks”, is about the devastation chemo does to the body, which was inspired by his daughter who has leukemia.

I think it is wonderful that Arthur has taken something so personal and is able to share it with the world through his art. In that particular piece, we get to see something that we are completely blinded too and then we are shown in detail. I get the feeling of sadness and destruction from the piece, which makes it extremely powerful. The fact that Arthur broadcasts his art on big billboards in public places ties in to his past as well, which is why he chooses such as his medium.

Jeffrey Wolin

Jeffrey is a photographer who focuses his theme on narrative images. He depicts people’s lives, so that the viewer can get a piece of that story. Jeffrey also enjoys the use of text as well, which is shown in his Vietnam War Veterans portraits. The text is put in the background of the images, of the memorial wall.

At my age it is sometimes hard to grasp the feeling of certain events that happened in the past but I think with Jeffrey’s Veteran pictures, it lets any age in to feel a little bit of the heart-break that those people endured. I think it was good that Jeffrey choose to do them in black and white because I feel like if he had done them in color, they wouldn’t have been as strong. The black and white also gives a reference to the past, a kind of nostalgia.

Anne Massoni, Jordan Tate, and Belinda Haikes

•April 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Anne Massoni

Anne focuses her work on photography and uses the concept of remembering. She uses a combination of stories not yet heard and ones that havent been created yet.  She creates her imagery with sections of her work and then other portions she finds so it intertwines truth and the fictional.

I think Anne’s work is very strong, especially with her concept. In a lot of ways her work reminds me of the different aspects within yourself, the fight between what once was and what is now or to come. I enjoy that it plays with space in time because that is what is in our world that is consistent, yet every changing.

Jordan Tate

Jordan is a photographer that focuses on the difference between seeing the world through the lens of the camera and seeing the world through ocular seeing. He uses the camera as an instrument to focus in on what you should be seeing (is enhancing the blurriness of the image), rather then actual snapshots. Jordan does this because he believes that snapshots have desensitized  viewers from seeing the reality in its truth.

I am a huge fan of Jordan’s work because he doesn’t give you the whole picture in clarity. It makes you truly analyze what is going on in the image and determining what information you need to fill in to complete the image. I truly agree that sometimes we see so many snapshots in the media, that we don’t even take a second look at them anymore because its everywhere and I want to see something I can use my imagination to fill in the blanks. Its not fun if all the information is handed to you on a platter.

Belinda Haikes

Belinda uses a variety of mediums including: photography, animation, video, and drawings. Belinda doesn’t have any particular formula to how she uses these mediums, its all depends on the conceptual need of the particular piece she is working on. Her focus is on the mundane things in life and also focuses on the connections of one person to another.

I enjoyed that Belinda works with all types of mediums because it gives a body of work that has variety. I like belinda am one of those artists that come up with concepts and then figure out the best possible way to push my concept further instead of limiting mediums. A lot of her work was very pleasing but there were a few things that I personally weren’t as attracted too.

Animation Project

•April 7, 2010 • Leave a Comment