Jon Gitelson

Posted in Artists on August 29th, 2010 by clawlor

Jonathan Gitelson is definitely an artist with both a sense of humor and a sense of purpose. His work seems to involve a small parodied aspect of his life that has been put together in a way that emphasizes his point. ¬†So he basically takes something that others might view as mundane and blows it up times 1000. One of his more famous pieces is called his “The Car Project”. This piece is made up of a series of ongoing photographs of his car completely covered in ¬†advertisement fliers. His car was photographed in front of the facility that had printed the fliers. So he would collect, as he put it, “huge volumes of what was essentially expensively printed instant garbage” and actually sewed them together into a car cover. Then, as I previously stated, he would photograph his car with its cover in front of the business being advertised. Another piece that I found particularly amusing was his “Hidden Clothing Piece”. The premise behind it being that his girlfriend was hiding his clothing because she obviously thought that it looked ugly on him. And the actual piece was each item of clothing photographed hanging in a closet by itself. Gitelson has also done several posters that can be found at his website, which is linked below.

Honestly, I’m not crazy about his work by itself, but I really like the ideas behind them. His sense of humor is clearly shown through his work. In my opinion any piece of art that makes you feel any emotion at all is a successful one. And Gitelson’s work definitely makes me laugh. The “Hidden Clothing” piece is one of my favorites because its easily relatable to, if you’re a guy with a sometimes overbearing girlfriend anyway. Also his “The Quitter” piece is another one that I really liked. It’s a series of images of a guy “quitting” smoking. And by that I mean, it’s a series of images of a guy lighting-up at different points throughout the day and saying to himself that “this cigarette will be the last one”, when of course it isn’t. Also very humorous; also very relatable. Overall I would say that Jon Gitelson’s work is creative, funny, and very down-to-earth.

What is digital art?

Posted in Uncategorized on August 27th, 2010 by clawlor

Honestly, this is a question for anyone who wishes to answer it.

I have no idea what counts as “digital art”. I mean, what separates digital art from other arts? Well, I guess I know the answer to that question. The medium is obviously digital versus physical. Meaning you work on a computer rather than on a tangible piece of art. But where exactly does the line fall? Especially within the discipline of photography, there is a lot of overlap between the digital and physical. I suppose it would depend on what type of camera one is using. But does using a digital camera necessarily mean that the work is considered digital art? What if one leaves the photo unedited? Does the fact that you could get the job done with a traditional camera mean that it shouldn’t be placed in that category? Anyway, I’m rambling. Back to the point; I think that digital art to me can range from Photoshop to many different disciplines of art. I believe graphic design falls into the category of digital art, although I’m not completely sure on what that entails either. But one of the most iconic forms of digital art, that really screams digital art in my face, is digital painting. This is when someone uses a tablet and software such as Photoshop or Corel Painter to create really amazing images on the computer. There are so many awesome features that you can use, if you know what you are doing. Some examples: you can create different light sources; you can use tools that mimic different tools or mediums that you could use in real life, like different paint brushes, charcoal, chalk, pens, pencils, etc.; you can create different textures and surfaces in seconds. There are so many different ways you can express yourself on the computer that its a little ridiculous. And don’t even get me started on printmaking. Here’s a little taste; they have printers that print melted plastic to make actual 3D works. That’s crazy! Just let that sink in for a second. Anyway, I am rambling again, so I think I’ll wrap this up on that note. Obviously digital art is extremely extensive and complicated and encompasses many different arenas of work. But feel free to comment or post links, and help me out by telling me what you think digital art really is, because obviously I don’t have a clue.