Pipilotti Rist

Posted in Artists on September 28th, 2010 by clawlor

The work of Pipilotti Rist is … hard to describe. I like her work, it’s just that her work as a whole doesn’t follow the same sort of theme and is difficult to describe altogether. So let me mentally break her work up a bit. First of all, she mostly does video or instillation projects. She says that she is fond of instillation because it allows her to express her work while using many other medias, all at once. Her projects seem to express a lustful meld of everyday life with pop-media. Another characteristic of her work seems to be both high saturation of colors, or specific colors, and a high contrast between these colors. The quality of film and imagery seems to also be similar from piece to piece. It almost reminds me of 90’s media style. But again, her particular style is a bit hard to describe. She also seems to be a big fan of projection within her instillation projects. Throughout many of her shows she has a video projected onto the walls or ceiling of the gallery and specific seating arrangements which directs the audience as to how to view her work. And often times, the seating is also a part of her work, making her shows more of an experience than an observation. With her video projects, she seems to focus again on the experience. With a music-video feel, her works usually seem to translate a particular feeling over the two to three minutes that video plays. Apart from her more traditional work, Rist has also moved over to feature film. She directed a film of her design called “Pepperminta”.

I personally really like her work. Genuinely and truly, I think her work is fun and imaginative, and says something important without being overbearing or in-your-face about it. I really like her style as well; it has a sort of vintage feel to it. Her subject matter brings attention to people or things that would maybe not seem so important without  one really looking. I feel like she lets the viewer take a look through her eyes at how she sees the world, while highlighting all the important parts. I would say that the best way to describe some of her work is trippy or psychedelic. But this may be because in my mind, Rist’s works have a sort of 60’s vibe. As I stated, her work has a distinct vintage feel, though the eras seem to be mashed together. Let me know if that made sense. Anyway, if you like Pipilotti Rist’s work, or even if you don’t, please comment and tell me what you think.

source – http://www.pipilottirist.net/

India Project

Posted in Uncategorized on September 23rd, 2010 by clawlor

Matt Siber

Posted in Artists on September 21st, 2010 by clawlor

Matt Siber is an artist who uses some of his work to discuss the different roles of public space and how people are effected by it. Two examples of his work that are posted below are apart of his projects titled “The Untitled Project” and “Floating Logos”. In Floating Logos, Siber takes high resolution photos of different roadside signs and billboards and uses photoshop to edit out the poles that hold the signs in the air. The result is, as the title of the project alludes to, floating logos. And for The Untitled Project, Siber basically takes pictures of public spaces, again with some sort of advertisement only in this project, Siber uses photoshop to edit out all the words within the photo, leaving only an image. He then placed the text in an adjacent space, the same size as the photo. So there is on one side an image with no text and on the other, a blank space with only text, but in the spaces where the texts would have been if the image was overlapping the other. Matt Siber also has a very impresive resume, having a masters in Fine Art from Columbia College Chicago, been awarded two grants, having 13 solo exhibitions and being apart of more than 40 group exhibitions around the world.

Personally, I think Siber says something very interesting with his work. His work is the type where you don’t get the full picture upon first glance. Although his pieces are aesthetically pleasing they also have a secondary element or layer to them. They draw you in but you don’t fully understand the significance of what he is trying to say until you really stare at the piece and think about it for a while. But I guess that can be said about most art. I think that what Siber is trying to say is just not as easily recognizable from the image as other artist’s messages might be. That statement is also my only criticism of Matt Siber, because I fail to understand what larger message he is trying to portray. But maybe he isn’t trying to say anything necessarily “significant” or what is considered significant by me nor the general public. If anyone has any other insights into Matt Siber, feel free to comment, debate, argue or agree with me. All comment are welcome.

Cory Arcangel

Posted in Artists on September 13th, 2010 by clawlor

Cory is one of those artist who has such a large collective of work that placing a label or theme on his work would only be belittling it. That being said, if I absolutely had to label Cory Arcangel and his work I would say that he is an artist who finds inspiration from and uses old computer programs, their images, and technologies to make art. In particular, his work seems to really reference video games. Some of his more famous pieces are “Super Mario Clouds” and “I Shot Andy Warhol”, both of which take old video games from the 80’s and reworks their programing to change the images that appear. His work tends to tackle the relationship between consumer culture and the media that influences it. His work is extremely well-known having been featured in multiple museums and solo exhibitions. Cory Arcangle is definitely one to keep an eye on.

Personally, I don’t find Cory’s work all that visually striking. Maybe it’s because I’ve grown up in this consumer, video-game stricken culture that Cory is trying to exemplify, but I really don’t think that his work is all that deep. Art is designed to translate a certain emotion or idea, but personally I don’t feel anything in particular when I look at Arcangel’s work. That is not to say that I don’t respect him as an artist or his work; and not his extensive accomplishments, of course. But that is just one persons opinion, mine. I would gladly welcome any comment to try and change my mind, so if you have any incites into this artist, I would love to hear them.


Posted in Uncategorized on September 8th, 2010 by clawlor

Very first time using photoshop to do a project called texture mapping. Basically we had to cover 90% of a photo with all sorts of different textures we went out and found. So here it is!

Ian Whitmore

Posted in Artists on September 5th, 2010 by clawlor

Ian Whitmore’s work has a sort of stark beauty about it that one does not completely comprehend upon first glance. He is a photographer who uses seemingly unimportant subject matters within a series to portray an idea. On his website, Whitmore has displayed three series of photographs entitled “Nowhere”, “Channels”, and “Onomasticon”. Within the Nowhere series, Ian features photographs of essentially, nowhere. These photographs are not of anything stereotypical of the picturesque. The subject matters emphasize the in-between; areas that are not often recognized as being areas at all, rather just scenery on the way to another place. Essential he is giving meaning and purpose to an otherwise meaningless body of space. In his series Channels, Whitmore does something very interesting. He photographs a room with a television at the center, but on the television are images of the people that inhabit that room. I’m not sure exactly sure what the series is supposed to mean, but I can speculate that he is trying to show how the places where people live, represent them. And then by having the people on the television screens instead of actually in the rooms, the people are secondary to their environment. Making the rooms the power behind the photos. And the Onomasticon a book-making project involving Whitman actually sending his handmade books featuring photographs from the Nowhere series to others. Whitman describes the project as, “comprised of 26 artists books. Each book will pair a single word—corresponding to a letter of the alphabet—with various imagery. This new vocabulary will be composed of words both obscure and familiar; they share poignantly relevant definitions to describe the images they accompany.”

I really enjoyed Whitman’s work. I thought it was very smart of him to bring “nowhere” spaces into peoples consciousness. And I found his style to involve a lot of white light. Which is why I believe his work to have a simple beauty that almost looks sterol in a way. I found his Channels photographs to be particularly intriguing. I liked the premise of the room describing the people who inhabit it, and not the other way around. And I thought his Nowhere photos, to be absolutely awesome. And the best part of these photos is that I can’t exactly say why I like these photos so much. Perhaps its the fact that these spaces didn’t have meaning before Whitmore came along, or maybe its the static simplicity of the pieces that attracts me towards them? Either way, I find Whitmore’s work to be purposeful and beautifully simple.