Around Campus

October 14th, 2010

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Drawing Room

October 14th, 2010

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Self Portrait

October 6th, 2010

Robin Rhode

October 5th, 2010


Born in South Africa, Robin Rhode works with everyday materials to create photos, animations and street drawings. He now works in Belgium, Germany.

While his street drawings may seem cool, it is what he does with them that makes him unique. Rhode has numerous digital videos with him interacting with his chalk drawings. For example, on one of his videos titled Street Gym he jumps on gym bars and does a flip in the air. The animation is not top notch, but that’s what gives the video character. In Kid Candle, a young boy interacts with a candle, while the grey screen flickers dark and light to stimulate a candle flickering in the night.

I like Robin Rhode because I like that his work is simple yet fun. When I look at his videos I don’t try to find a “deeper meaning”, I simply enjoy it. I respect any artist that can use something as straightforward as chalk and a video camera and make it into art interesting enough to notice and watch. Another aspect of his work that I liked was his major use of black and white. The black and white adds to the simplicity of his work. When Rhode does use color though, he doesn’t overuse it.

Pipilotti Rist

September 27th, 2010

Pipilotti Rist (Elisabeth Charlotte Rist) whose name is derived from the character Pippi Longstocking, is a photography and video artist from Switzerland. She seems to be very well known in the artist community, as she has many solo expeditions.

One of Pipilotti’s most famous works is her video “I’m Not The Girl Who Misses Much”. In it Pipilotti dances around in a black dress with her chest exposed. The video goes in and out of fuzzyness as she sings “I’m not the girl who misses much”.


Pipilotti has also made numerous art instillations. “Pour Your Body Out” was featured in MoMA back in 2008. In this work, high definition projectors are placed all around the room, with a circular couch in the middle. The video shown uses an eclectic mix of imagery by using different speeds, color effects and objects. Viewers were encouraged to watch the video from different positions and angles. According to Pipilotti, “The concept was not to destroy or be provocative to the architecture, but to melt in.”


Pipilotti is definitely the most interesting artist we have done thus far. But I am split as to whether I like her work or not. I like the way her art instillations are set up. Being able to look at the video on those huge projects while laying down would be fascinating, considering we are usually forced to sit in upright position when watching a movie on that size of screen. I am not a fan of her video projects though. I was completely creeped out when I watched “I’m Not The Girl Who Misses Much”. The way the video was set up, reminded me of something from a horror film. While I don’t like all of Pipilotti’s work, I like that I had such an strong emotional response from it. Though the response was not always pleasant, none of the other artists have been able to draw such a reaction from me.

September 22nd, 2010

Matt Siber

September 20th, 2010

Matt Siber is a Chicago based photographer, and a professor at Columbia College. He has permanent collections in both Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Siber seems to have the common theme of advertisements in society in his projects.


His “untitled project” shows photography with the text removed from all the signs and advertisements. Adjacent to the photograph is a picture with all of the texts from the photographs put onto a white background. Thorough his project, Siber wants people to become more aware of how advertisements are all around us and can often trick us into buying the product. He says “I don’t think that people will ever become immune to the power of persuasion through corporate marketing, but I think we can become smarter about it through awareness of how it works.  My work attempts to deconstruct it so that we can better see what it is doing.”

I overall enjoyed Siber’s work because we live in a day in age were we are bombarded with constant advertisements through radio, TV, and billboards. Through his projects like Empty Sign Sculpture, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and Floating Logos, highlights just how many types of different ads we see on a daily basis. I thought it was interesting how in the photograph even without the text, we still recognized what the product the marketer was trying to sell just by the color and shape of the sign. This shows how accustomed we are to certain brands because we are so often exposed to them.


Cory Arcangel

September 13th, 2010


Cory Arcangel is an artist from Brooklyn who describes himself as “a 32 year old computer programmer, web designer, and artist and working in Brooklyn and this is my internet home. Welcome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”  Mainly working with computers, game systems and on the internet, Arcangel claims his inspiration comes from “being bored.” In his spare time he also enjoys doing stand up comedy.

He is well known for his game hacks, in which he alters the game cartridges of systems like Atari and Nintendo and modifies what the game looks like when you play it. In the work that has gained him the most attention; Arcangel takes the Mario game cartridge and removes everything but the clouds so that all you see are clouds flying across the screen. The project is titled “Super Mario Clouds”.

As for his internet projects, on his blog he has just started a “Sorry I Haven’t Posted” blog in which he collects those ever so common blog posts of people apologizing for not blog posting for a long time.

While I think Cory Arcangel’s works can be funny, he is definitely not my favorite artist. This is probably due to my lack of interest in video games, but I don’t think his projects like “Super Mario Clouds” are that interesting. I did like his “Sorry I Haven’t Posted” blog just because I am always seeing people apologizing on blogs for not posting in a while. While I am not a hug fan of Arcangel, I do respect his ability to do hacks on games, and the sense of humor in his projects.  

Texture Mapping

September 9th, 2010

Ian J. Whitmore

September 6th, 2010

Ian Whitmore is a digital photographer. Whitmore shows us seemingly everyday objects/places and makes us look at them from a different perspective. On his website, it shows three collections titled “Channels”, “Nowhere”, and “Onomasticon”.

“Channels” is a series of photographs of rooms with a television in each room. On the television is the person that presumably lives in that room. Whitmore is looking at the different places we put the television in our household, and makes the statement about how television consumes and influences us, eventually becoming a part of who we are. He says “This work is a visual inquiry into the personal spaces where our televisions reside. This point of contact between the viewer and the world has become customary in contemporary culture”

“Nowhere” is another series of Whitmore’s. He photographs seemingly unnoticed by the common person. Things like shrubbery or a brick wall. They are pictures of places we normally just walk by in order to get to our desired destination but never really take the time to look at.

 I like Ian Whitmore’s work. My favorite of his projects is probably “Channels”. The photographs are simple, but they have a not so simple meaning.  Seeing this work really makes you think about society’s obsession with looking into other peoples lives through the television. I like that he took an object so normal and made me realize how much of an influence and effect it has our lives. Whitmore seems to be slightly similar to artist Jon Gitelson in that both of them draw influence from things we do and see in our everyday life.