Elisabeth ‘Pipilotti’ Rist was born in Grabs, Switzerland in 1962. She is primarily a video artist, although she was created a large amount of photographic work. She principally focuses on conveying happiness through her artwork, while making commentary on sexuality, gender, and feminism. While most of her work is of others, she has been known to take part in her own work.
I was excited to be covering Rist, because unknown to me I actually attended her exhibition at MoMA. So when I started researching her art I immediately recognized it as the main exhibit when I had been to museum. I really enjoy her work. It is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also it is alright with being about happiness. Even her pieces that convey messages have a simplicity about them that inspires joy.
By using LED lights as her medium, Jenny Holzer, makes a canvas out of street signs, benches, tshirts, and even condoms. Her displayed text has included words written by poet laureates to military documents. Her postmodern representation of text in a digital format has a quality of advertisement to it that makes it eye catching
I found Holzer art to be though provoking. It reminded me of seeing an electronic ticker tape in Times Square. For me, this evocation lent her words more meaning as it was able to bridge the digital gap with something more substantial.
Jeffery Wolin’s photography is unique in its ability to combine two distinctly different art form; photography and text. His use of visually striking images combined with his written words give a narrative feel to his pictures. In his series Life at the Millennium, he even give his subjects (in this case his sons) the opportunity to put their words into his art.
I was very moved by Wolin’s photos. They have a quality to them that reminds me of what it would be like is Sally Mann wrote stories on her photos. The images themselves are extremely evocative and attention grabbing.
Matt Siber relies heavily on photo editing software to create his works. This is especially evident in his series of floating logos. His technique of removing the support of these everyday signs creates a new take on something many of us pass by daily.
Siber’s artwork to me is a great example of the use of digital means in fine art. His design of removing elements of the common place objects creates a strong design and a truly interesting piece of art.
Ian Whitmore’s photography is essentially about capturing every day things and highlighting their interconnected nature. His series of plants in the middle of the urban/suburban “jungle” is especially moving. This shows an appreciation for the small pieces of nature in a materialistic world.
I found Whitmore’s photography to be pleasingly simplistic. His use of digital media was not apparent other than the camera and presentation used. This approach made it easier for me to view his work objectively.
Jonathan Gitelson’s work spans a wide variety of media from video and film to performance art. He uses digital media not only as an artistic media but also as a way to record his art, as well as the reactions of the observer. In fact most of his art is viewable only through electronic means. His pieces show glimpses into every day life through things such as the shirts that his girlfriend hid from him.
Personally I was not a fan of Gitelson’s work. Modern art, I feel, is most successful when there is a discernible statement made regarding the artwork. For Gitelson’s art I had trouble grasping any message behind his work. To me it felt like it was art made for the sake of reaction, rather than aesthetic appreciation.
For some using digital and fine arts in the same sentence seems like a a contradiction in terms. Many feel that the realm of fine art lies firmly ensconsed in the world of paintings, drawing, and sculpture. With the rise of modern technology, however, the term fine art has extended off of the canvas and on to the computer screen.
This technological media revolution has not only affected the obvious areas of photography and image manipulation, but has also been able to be applied to other forms of art as well. It is almost impossible to see a movie today that has not undergone some form of digital editing; whether that be sound, special effects or otherwise. Magazines that we see on an almost daily basis have been aided by digital means.
To approach something digitally means, at its most basic level, to put something through an editing process on a computer. This could be anything from playing with the levels on a photograph, to combining images, to sound mixing. With the invention of editing programs there is a seemingly endless supply of ways that art can be used in digital mean.
As a makeup artist, this video is something that comes to my mind when I think about digitizing art. The Evolution of Beauty
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