December 9th, 2010
December 9th, 2010
November 22nd, 2010
Nam June Paik is a mainly video artist born in Korea. He was born in 1932 and died in 2006. In one of his most popular works titled Wrap around the World is a tower of tv’s stacked on each other. The cake shaped structure has over 1003 tv monitors and is 60 feet high.
Another one of his works titled Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii. This map of the US was constructed with 336 televisions and over 600 feet of neon. The long map represents the never-ending roads that Paik experienced when he first came to America. By using different video clips and audio, he is trying to show us how influenced we are by media. This piece can actually be found in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
I liked Nam June Paik, even though the statement about media and its influence on us seems to be overused, I still enjoyed his installations. My favorite was definitely Wrap around the World. Being able to actually see the installation in person would be amazing. Paik seemed to be a pioneer in his video art, it would be interesting to see what he thinks of popular sites we have today such as youtube.
November 17th, 2010
November 8th, 2010
Paul Phiffer was born in 1966 in Hawaii. He is known for his ground breaking work in video art. He currently resides in New York City.
One of his most popular works “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” is a series of basketball photographs in which Pfeiffer edits out all the basketball players except for one. I really liked these pictures. Editing out all of the other players creates a sense of calm. I feel like we are watching him shoot the winning shot in slow motion and the crowd is in stunned silence waiting to see if he will score. Pfeiffer says of his project “it’s compelling to see a person remain in perfect form despite the lights, cameras, and crowds. It’s not unlike the challenge artist’s face: How do you make pictures that mean anything at all in a world already oversaturated with images?”
Another one of his projects is The Long Count (Rumble In The Jungle) is a video in which Pfeiffer goes frame by frame and deletes Muhammad Ali from the fight. He doesn’t completely delete him thought, Ali’s out line is still visual. This work is a statement on racial identity.
Overall I liked Paul Pfeiffer. My favorite work of his was definitely “The Four Horsemen”. By putting the focus on the one basketball player, the viewer really got to focus on the form of the player. It also gave me a calm feeling. Its cool that such a simple idea could be so cool to look at. Other then that work, nothing else seemed to really stand out to me. He is good but not very memorable.
November 2nd, 2010
Bill Viola is very well known in the artist community. He works with video, video installations, music, and television. He received his BFA from Syracuse University. His works can be found all over the world. His work deals with human emotion and feeling.
I enjoyed Violas “Ocean without a shore”. In this piece, Viola explores life and death. He does this by having people in the foreground with a black background. Each person looks to have produced waterfalls. A couple of the people have a lot of water, while some only have a little water. The water represents the renewal of ones self. This piece was originally installed in a chapel.
Overall I liked Bill Viola. His theme of opposites such as life and death, dark and light, and good and evil were well portrayed through his work. To me he seems to be one of the more memorable artists.
October 26th, 2010
October 25th, 2010
Jenny Holzer is a Ohio born artist who works mostly with art in public spaces. She attended Ohio University and Rhode Island School of Design. She writes texts herself, but also uses the texts of others in her works.
Her most famous work “truisms” uses different mediums to project different phrases or words onto something. The projections are often commentary on media, humor and life and can often times be explicit. Her projections can be found on architecture, billboards, even t-shirts. Holzer says she was inspired “by clean, simple variations”. She specifies that she didn’t work to be overdone or to look like something you would see in Las Vegas.
I really enjoyed Jenny Holzer’s work. She manages to take what seems like such a straightforward idea and make it into something that is visually pleasing and interesting. The projects already look cool in pictures so I’m sure that actually being in the place where the projections are would be even more amazing. I also like that she keeps her work minimalist, if the projections were more cluttered, they might not have the same effect.
October 18th, 2010
Jeff Baij is a digital media artist from Venice, California.
One of the only works that I liked of his was “bloody vomit” which the viewer scrolls across the screen to see the character projectile vomiting. I thought the way he had the viewer scroll over in order to see what was going on was clever.
I also noticed that he created a video response to a UMW students negative review on him. In the video, Jeff Baij comes off as somewhat arrogant as he reads what the blogger wrote. This automatically turned me off to him. It seemed like he was mocking the student just because she didn’t have such a positive reaction to his site.
While I cannot link direct examples of his work because the site is down, I was able to get a chance to look at Jeff Baij’s work a couple of days ago. Judging by the works I was able to see, I am not a fan of Jeff Baij. The only consistent theme in his work is the fact that it is digitally produced. His work seems mediocre and uninteresting for the most part and draws absolutely no emotion out of me.