Rashaad Newsome truly is the definition of a Renaissance Man. He doesn’t just conform to one medium and stick with it, but works with many different things. His work includes videos, music videos, sound, performance, photography, collage, sculpture, and installation art. In addition, he has been known to occasionally take commissions (the act of committing or entrusting a person, group, etc., with supervisory power or authority) from people with a specific idea in mind. Newsome has a style that looks very classic, but also has many modern twists to it.

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Matt Siber originally earned his Bachelor’s degree in History and Geography, but then decided to pursue an MFA in Photography. The decision he made was a great one, as it would shape his life, career, and the world with his incredible digital photography skills. Siber strives to create artwork that “addresses issues involving popular media, visual culture and mass communication.” With his Untitled Project, he takes a photograph and then proceeds to digitally remove words and logos from it. The end result is blank road signs, billboards, and business signs. Siber also is known for his Floating Logos project. In it, he removes the very tall poles that often support corporate logos. It gives the feeling that the signs logo is looming over the viewer.

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Nam June Paik was a Korean American artist who worked with a variety of mediums, including the media itself. He strived to create pieces that were beautiful, but also incorporated societal issues and the technology of the times. In fact, by man art historians, he is believed to be one of, if not THE, greatest video and media artist of all time. He helped to propel the use of moving pictures and images as it’s own medium (media as the medium!). In the rapidly evolving technology of the modern world, Paik managed to create art out of something that is constantly in use by everyone.

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A. What is digital art?
To me, digital art is creating aesthetically pleasing things on a computer or other electronic device. Digital art can come in many forms, like graphic design (what I want to go into!), movie making, or sound-mixing. Just like traditional forms of art, digital art comes in many different shapes and sizes!

B. What is the future of digital art?
It is hard to say what the future of digital art is because the technology around us is so rapidly changing. What was high-tech five years ago, is a piece of garbage today. I think digital art will only continue to increase and become a more popular medium to work with.

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