June 18th, 2010

Work Log

I could not find the photos still so i figured id explain and then add later just in case anyone wanted to see

Hour 1  Brain storm what im going to do

Hour 2 Decide on photographing boys with pond work, “man vs nature” then realize it is not going to work so decide on croquet match

Hour 3+4 Photograph Croquet match

Hour 5 Upload and sort through useful pictures

Hour 6 Figure out what the poo im going to do with all of the pictures

Hour 7 Ball path animation, realize its wrong and stupid but find ball sequence

Hour 8 Photoshop cut and paste

Hour 9 Resize all photographs



June 18th, 2010


  • Jenny Holzer

Jenny Holtzer is a conceptual artist out of Ohio. After exploring abstract sculpture and printmaking Jenny switched to using words as Art. Holzer displays her lit words on buildings and walls in public places to maximize the impact of the words on her audience. Jenny Holzer’s work has been displayed around the world in places such as The Guggenheim in New York, a gallery in Berlin, Times Square and many others.

What I love most about this work is the sheer effectiveness that every aspect of the piece has at getting a message across to it’s viewer (whether they like it or not.) The most obvious strategy for this is the size of the text, each piece so massive it is hard to miss. The words in light at night is also incredibly effective in the extremely public places Jenny shows her work, who needs a gallery when you have an entire building? Lastly the economy of every piece, the fact that once you glace at it you’ve read the message whether the viewer intended to or not it the most mischievous and excellent way Jenny Holzer sends message to her audience.

  • Cory Arcangel

Cory Arcangel is a young digital artist gaining recognition in the art world. Cory expresses his artistic vision through mainly programming.

Cory’s work is simple but fun and clever. I like his work because it appears simple and is very entertaining. The common medium of old school gaming makes his work accessible to everyone. What is great about Cory Arcangel’s work is its ability to be interpreted deeply or barely at all but still appreciated equally in both cases.

  • Pipilotti Rist

Pipilotti Rist is a video artist born in Switzerland. Pipilotti uses extremely rich and colorful images to express her artistic vision. Rist also takes advantage of sound and its relationship to her videos to enhance her work usually having to do with sexuality and nature.

Pipilotti makes incredibly interesting work in my opinion. Her use of vibrant colors fascinates me because im really into the use of color because of the effect it can have on its viewer. Pipilotti’s video “Im not the girl who misses much” sends chills up my spine. The way she altered her voice combined with the primal dancing provides a lethal dose of disturbia.

  • Robin Rhodes

Robin Rhodes is a mixed media digital artist who was born in Cape Town South Africa. Rhodes uses primarily video and photography in his work. He photographs humans with drawings to make the impossible seem real and tricks the eye.

I think that Robin Rhodes work is incredibly interesting because his photographs are both interesting and aesthetically pleasing. Rhodes work entitles “Table of Contents” encompasses what I love about the work. The simple sketch completely comes alive in the photograph when it interacts with the person “playing.”

  • Jeff Baij

Jeff Baij is a digital artist who makes simple digital art sophisticated. Baij’s website is simple and doesn’t even look like a professional artist’s website. One of the first links is of an animal mash up program he created. A simple yet interesting piece that lets the viewer be a part of the artists creation of the work.


I love the artists that have a light hearted approach to their artwork and create whatever they find interesting and fun. Jeff Baij does just this and you can tell when exploring his site that he really doesn’t give a crap about what other people think but does the art that he finds interesting. Clearly this has paid off as he is important enough to be included in our very short list of digital artists to know.

  • Bill Viola

Bill Viola is a leader in the digital art world and has been producing digital art for over 35 years. Viola creates videos with dramatic yet simple images that seem like they took a but load of work. Bill has a fascination with water that really comes out in his images.

The lighting in Bill Viola’s images are what I find most interesting. The use of light makes his photographs special and takes them from simple pictures to extraordinary ones.


June 10th, 2010



May 19th, 2010

Artists II

Mark Klett

Mark Klett is a Geologist turned photographer. Klett seems to be fascinated with time, his most famous collections making use of the contrast in changes over time. His most famous work are called the “Rephotographic Survey Project” and the “Third View” which consists of many photographs of the American West. The first was done between 1977 and 1979. The second was done between 1977 and 2000, where in 4 years Klett and his crew photographed 109 historic sites that were in a famous photo survey of the West in the 19th century to show the change in landscape. Another famous work is called “One City/ Two Visions” done in 1990 where Klett tries to capture the same famous 360 view of San Franciso from the top California Street that was so beautifully captured by Eadweard Muybridge in 1878. This work is is also an example of Kletts use of the change over time as the photographs were presented as an accordion, to show the contrast in the old vs the new images.

I really enjoy Mark Klett’s work because I am interested in that sort of history. Even in his other collections he uses history to create his photos. The only thing I didn’t like as much about his famous collections is that he photographed the same things someone already did 100 years ago. Even though the contrasting ideas are cool, it is, to me, just a modification on an idea and not entirely original.

Arthur Liou

Arthur Liou started pursuing his interest in art after working as a producer in China when he came to the US in 1994. Liou is an artist who finds his identity extremely important when taking photographs. In the “Cedar Key” project, Liou stripped down to the basics and used a $15 plastic box camera called Holga in order to get “more me” in the pictures and get back to the true essence of photography. Using Holga Liou had not control over his aperture or shutter speed which means he had less control over the images taken in by the camera.

I absolutely love Arthur Liou’s work and his “Cedar Key” project. His black and white images take the normal b/w photograph to a completely different level. Liou’s use of high contrast filters and inclusion of the outer edge of the film changes normal scenes to almost abstract. The photographs have layers (like a parfait, or an onion) at first i couldn’t see what was photographed so i took the other elements of the picture in without being distracted by the obvious.

Jeffrey Wolin

Jeffrey Wolin is a portrait photographer and writer. He is famous for his many books published and his permanent collections featured in many museums and institutions across the country. His series “Written in Memory: Portraits of the Holocaust” is composed of portraits of Holocaust survivors. Wolin has had many other books published and is a professor of photography at the University of Indiana. One of his most recent collections is titled “New Faces at the Crossroads: The World of Central Indian” which consists of many portraits of people around Indiana with accompanying mini Bios.

Jeffrey Wolin brings ton of personality into every photo he takes. This is what i like most about Wolin’s work, he can make a simple color portrait and mini bio so hip and interesting. The photographs of the person in their environment makes you want to know about the person and read about them, something i think would be very challenging. The photographs aren’t as impressive to me by themselves as some of the other artists but paired with a story make something interesting.


May 18th, 2010


Jon Gitelson

John Gitelson is a multimedia artist with a focus on digital photography. His work deals with looking further into common, everyday thing. In his collection “Dream Job” the artist pairs wanted job classifieds with pictures of people who might take the job. It is an interesting way of looking into the stereotypes and cliches of today and gives an insight into what the artist might think of the type of people who work for each job. Another interesting collection is “The Car Project” in which Gitelson collected all the club flyers he received on the windshield of his car plus others he found on the street and made them into a car cover. Gitelson then took the car and photographed it in front of the various clubs that were advertising with the flyers.

John Gitelson’s work really impressed me because of the simplicity of his basic ideas and the expansive stories that they inspire. At first glance his collection “Hidden Clothing” looks like photographs of old clothing but he describes the objects as things his girlfriend wouldn’t let him wear anymore. I related to this because of all of the things my mom finally wouldn’t let me wear anymore after the last fatal stain. It also reminded me of when I first started doing my laundry and managed to shrink one of my favorite shirts. John Gitelson’s work is an interesting way of story telling that incorporates the modern everyday

Ian Whitmore

Ian Whitmore uses photography to take a critical look on different elements of society. In his collection “Nowhere” he takes pictures of landscapes that seem deserted. Whitmore describes these scenes as ones “we see every day but rarely address their functional purpose or aesthetic value.” Another well known collection of Whitmore’s is entitled “Channels” where he takes a look at different tv’s and there surroundings. This collection explores how each television set creates a community atmosphere.

The idea surrounding “Nowhere” interested me but overall it was depressing to me. I think that what makes the objects substantial is the way people interact with them, and really they are nothing without the people that use them. This for me made all the pictures seem deserted and made me imagine what it would be like if there was a nuclear disaster or something that wiped everyone out. I enjoyed channels though because of its playfulness. I have never really examined the surroundings of televisions but it made me think more deeply about the televisions in my life, like they were a living thing.

Matt Siber

Matt Siber explores text and commercialism and the combined. The “Untitled Project” explores the power of text. Siber removed all text from the works to show the alternate forms of communication such as color and shape. “Floating Logos” explores a similar idea where business signs such as a light up “Dennys” sign has its pole taken away so it looks like it is floating in the sky. This collection was inspired by the tall signs on the side of highways and is an appreciation of the often overlooked form of advertising.

I found Matt Siber to be the most interesting conceptually. I really enjoyed the way he brought attention to the power of advertising because it is something often overlooked and is very complex. The way we react to the advertising symbols almost gives a glimpse into the human brain. I loved all of his artwork because of what they inspired in me and made me ponder.


May 17th, 2010

What is Digital Art?

What are digital approaches to fine art? What can digital approaches to fine art BE? What does it mean to use a digital approach?

Digital approaches to fine art is a very broad category that includes many different mediums. The digital era has opened up the art world to infinite possibilities for artists. Digital art is probably most commonly associated with photoshop editing, enhancing photographs and images or creating something completely new and different. There are many other ways to create “digital art” though. Most of the entertainment world revolves around its digital elements. Movies are created digitally now, scenes are enhanced and edited together and special image and sound effects are added to make movies more fantastical or realistic. A side of digital art I have recently come to respect more and become fascinated by is in computer games. My brother creates computer games and after showing me the work and creativity that goes into every small detail of a computer game I have gained enormous respect for that gaming world. A digital approach can be anything from using an image obtained through the internet for another piece of work, to Perez Hilton’s blog, to using garage band to make a jingle, to taking a picture with a digital camera or phone, to creating an entire interactive digital universe.


May 17th, 2010

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