Throughout his career, Yasunao Tone is an artist who has worked with many different mediums. However, he is mostly known for his musical and audio work. In it, he uses unconventional techniques to make interesting sounds. He has performed his work alone, and has been known to play in collaboration with other artists such as Florian Hecker and their piece, Palimpsest. Tone’s work transforms text into sound and music to create something that is truly different from anything else that has been created. He has released several CDs with his soundwork on them, which departs from the traditional use of a CD which is to include only music on it. While some people may consider Tone to create music, it seems more like a combination of sounds, especially in his album Musica Iconologos.

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Evan Roth is an artist who creates art based off of unintended use of technology. He typically works with digital art as a whole, but has been known to dabble in printmaking and sculptures. His art is featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s permanent collection. One of Roth’s most notable works, Graffiti Taxonomy: New York, is included in the collection. It shows different characters used in graffiti art, which makes for interesting comparisons between the letters themselves, but also the cities they are seen in. If what he makes doesn’t already have a modern tell, Roth puts a spin on it to make it more modern.

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In his artist statement, Jeremy Blake wrote that “rhythm can be experienced both aurally and visually,” which is a fantastic summarization of his work in under 10 words. He makes it known from the very beginning that his work isn’t just meant to be looked at, but rather experienced. To simply see it will not do it justice. In order to get the full effect, the viewer needs to be able to see, hear, and be surrounded by his artwork in a gallery setting. Winchester is one animation he created that really falls into this category. “This body of work is meant to explore the kaleidoscopic nature of perception where terms such as wrong or right do not apply for perception itself changes as much as the individual” is another quote from Blake’s artist statement that provides some background on how he wants his art to be seen. He doesn’t want his pieces to be only seen as one thing. Instead, he encourages each person to see it as something new because art isn’t a right or a wrong. People differ, as do their views on art, which is what makes it so great.

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Takeshi Murata is an American artist who specializes in digital media artwork, primarily focusing on animation. A crucial part of his art comes from the fact that both his mother and father were architects, which “has given him an awareness of the spaces around him” since a young age. Animation was a natural step forward for him. Not only does Murata have a talent with video and computer animation, he also uses colors in an incredible way. Melter 2 is a prime example of the way the colors he chooses serve to enhance his work. He has had his work featured in San Francisco and New York. His piece, Monster Movie, is featured in the permanent collection in the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.!

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With her work, Jodie Mack strives to create art that combines traditional media and modern ideas. She uses 16mm film, along with collages and certain noises that relate to what she has put together. Though it may seem random, everything Mack creates has been chosen for a particular reason. She merges random (and sometimes horrible) sounds and random (and sometimes strange) images to create beauty. Dusty Stacks of Mom: The Poster Project demonstrates this perfectly. It begins with a comical video of a woman messing with a tube of some sort, with twinkling music playing over it, and then transitions into a collage of various scraps. What Mack essentially does is provide animation to things that could simply function as just stills, and the way she does it is hypnotizing.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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