The encouragement of mind and positive energies, as well as destruction of social normalities and prejudices are tasks that Pipilotti Rist strives to achieve with her video and audio art. She chose the focus of digital media because “there is room in them for everything.” Especially in today’s culture, technology is everywhere. It is impossible to avoid and Rist uses that to her advantage, while also creating a statement. Ever Is Over All is a video and audio piece, which begins with a poised looking woman next to a clip of flowers. For the first 15 seconds, she seems gentle, but her proper demeanor quickly turns violent when she proceeds to shatter car windows.
This was the first (and probably last) time where we actually had to print our work out. I was worried it would be trickier than it actually was! We had to make a postcard from a fictional or inaccessible place, so I did Asgard, which is the world that Thor lives in.
The requirements were to have at least one appropriated image, one photo that you have taken, and one scanned image. I appropriated the photo of Asgard and Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. The photo that I took is a picture of a sunset over the ocean. The images that were scanned were a collection of comics and scrapbook paper I had.
Check it out below!
Jason Salavon’s artist statement perfectly describes what he achieves and creates with his artwork: “Working around art, information technology, and daily life.” He takes popular and well-known media, and incorporates it into his work in a way that seems effortless. In fact, it is the opposite. Salavon clearly puts an immense amount of time and effort into his artwork. The Master Index is a great example of this. It is a compiled list of the 5 million most visited Wikipedia pages. It took 6 years for Salavon to complete, and demonstrates the patience and dedication he has to his work.
One of the key components to the work created by Jenny Holzer is the interaction it has with the general public. She specializes in installation art, such as billboards, illuminated displays, architecture, and most famously, projections. It is on such a large scale (typically projected on a building), that her work is impossible to miss. The words and phrases she displays also speak to the location. For example, in her Washington 2007 collection, Holzer projected “A TRUCE TO TERROR” across the horizon of Washington, D.C.. Clearly, she is sending a message about the government’s actions towards terrorism. Holzer utilizes her surroundings and chooses her words carefully in order to project her art, as well as her opinions.
For this project, we had to take various pictures of ourselves and then compile them into a single frame. So far, this was the trickiest assignment for me, but I’m still pleased with how it turned out.
My basis and inspiration was how work gets done in a group project. There never fails to be a phone-obsessor, a micro-manager, a slacker, and the person who actually does the entire project on their own.
See my final image below!
Known for her photography, Kelli Connell creates self portraits that include multiple images/versions of herself in a single frame. She creates her work in order to make a statement about a particular subject, particularly, the contrast between two opposing social ideas and identities. For example, Connell compares and highlights the differences between the masculine and feminine psyche, and the exterior and interior self. According to her Artist Statement, her work “represents an autobiographical questioning of sexuality and gender roles that shape the identity of the self in intimate relationships.”
This project assignment was to create a representational composition and a non-representational composition from objects that we had found and scanned.
The objects and I used and my final images are below!
Christian Marclay specializes in audio and video work, so much so that he is often referred to as a composer. He began his exploration of the relationship between sound and other mediums in the early 1980s, and since then, has created over thirty different works and collaborated with many other musicians, such as John Zorn and Shelley Hirsch. The Clock is one of his most famous works. It is a compilation of movie clips with scenes that include time, and it functions as a clock. The film has been called “a masterpiece of our times” and won Best Editing at the Boston Society of Film Critics Awards in 2011. In addition to The Clock, Marclay created a work called Telephones which is a bunch of unrelated clips featuring telephones put together to make an entirely different conversation.
For our second project, we had to use three supplied images, find three more images, and use our knowledge of Photoshop to create an original work at 72 DPI.
The images I messed with and my final product are below!
As a person in this modern world, Cory Arcangel uses the advancements of technology to create his art. He creates and modifies audio, video, and codes, among other digital and technological mediums. Oftentimes, he takes something that is already there and reworks it. The term for that is appropriation. For example, one of Arcangel’s most well-known works is Super Mario Clouds, where he changed the Super Mario game cartridge to erase everything except the clouds. This is a technique Arcangel does a lot of. The iconic video games he has famously manipulated include Hogan’s Alley (I Shot Andy Warhol), Space Invaders (Space Invader), and Tetris (Super Slow Tetris).