Jeff Baij

June 18th, 2010

Jeff Baij is an up-and-coming digital artist who is has begun to gain recognition (with interest in his work from the Whitney!) for his quirky, humorous digital art that often hinges on fresh perspectives on pre-exisitng ideas such as classic still life and his piece ANIMALMIXUP (http://jeffbaij.com/work/animalmixup.html) which is a digital version of a popular child’s game and book format.

When first researching Baij and viewing his work online, I considered whether or not his (sometimes quite simple) artwork was a gimmick. I have decided it is not- Baij is not prodcuing Raphaels in terms of required skill level and technique but his work stems from a wonderfully creative mind. His oeuvre reflects the witty, humorous individual that Baij seems to be, making a cohesive artistic presentation.

Pipilotti Rist

June 18th, 2010

Pipilotti Rist is a (full disclosure: one of my favorite) video artist born in Grabs, Sankt Gallen, Switzerland in 1962. She currently lives and works in Zurich and Los Angeles. Prominent themes of exploration throughout her oeuvre include sexuality, gender, the body, and feminism. A work that contains all of these elements is also the piece that first gained her major recognition, Pickelporno (Pimple porno) from 1992.

One of my favorite aspects of her art is that just when you think Rist’s work is all bright, colorful, and pretty when checking it out on the web, you will suddenlty be confronted with stranger and occasionally eerie or unsettling images of some of her other pieces and vice versa.

Matthew Ritchie

June 18th, 2010

Matthew Ritchie (b. 1964 in London) is a major artist who currently lives and works in New York City. His large, colorful installations grandly attempt to depict the universe and how we visualize it while utilizing influences from and referencing Judaeo-Christian religion, occult practices, Gnostic traditions, and scientific elements and principles. (http://www.pbs.org/art21/artists/ritchie/index.html) Although drawing seems to be the main underlying element of his work, the digital aspect of his art comes in when “He scans his drawings into the computer so that images can be blown up, taken apart, made smaller or three-dimensional, re-shaped, transformed into digital games, or given to someone else to execute.” (http://www.pbs.org/art21/artists/ritchie/index.html)

I particularly love the abstracted qualities to Ritchie’s art. On another note, I read in my research that Ritchie was influenced by Minimalism and totally didn’t see it at first after first seeing his swirling, complex drawings. Though after taking a more complete look at his oevure I definitely observe that influence. I’m particularly interested in his endless drawing project, a work in progress which contains everything he draws. I wonder if this project takes the form of a file he stores digitally. If so, how big would it be!?

Cory Arcangel

June 18th, 2010

Cory Arcangel (b. 1978) is a digital artist who lives in Brooklyn. His work deals predominantly with images and objects (particularly retro technological ones) from popular culture that he alters digitally. He has garnered the most recognition for his pieces involving cartridge hacks of old school Nintendo games such as his piece entitled Super Mario Clouds (a detail of which served as March 2009’s Artforum cover).

There are examinations of interesting media appropriation issues in Arcangel’s work, but the quality that struck me the most was how fun, silly, and irreverent they are. Would an artist who has a piece entitiled I Shot Andy Warhol in which targets in the shooting game “Hogan’s Alley” have been replaced by images of Flavor Flav, Andy Warhol, and Pope John Paul II not want his work to have these qualities? At the very least, I Shot Andy Warhol is an appropriate shout out to one of the greats of the Pop genre in which Arcangel works.

Bill Viola

June 18th, 2010

Bill Viola (age 59) was born in NYC in 1951. He is a world-renowned video and sound artist who was one of the eraly pioneers in the genres. His works have been exhibited at institutions including the Guggenheims Berlin and New York, the Whitney, the Met, the Getty, and the National Gallery, London. In terms of the subject matter and content of his pieces his website’s biography section(http://www.billviola.com/biograph.htm) had the best information: “Viola uses video to explore the phenomena of sense perception as an avenue to self-knowledge. His works focus on universal human experiences—birth, death, the unfolding of consciousness—and have roots in both Eastern and Western art as well as spiritual traditions, including Zen Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and Christian mysticism. Using the inner language of subjective thoughts and collective memories, his videos communicate to a wide audience, allowing viewers to experience the work directly, and in their own personal way.”

The two main adjectives I would use to describe Bill Viola’s work are intimate and eerie- They are intimate because they are intense meditations on universal human experiences. And I find his later works (such as Ocean Witout a Shore from the 2007 Venice Biennale) to have the eeriest quality in their dealings with almost zombie-like transformative experiences. Water seems to be a common transformative or portal element in his work and to obtain the previously-described mood and effect of his pieces.

Project Documentation: Hour 10

June 17th, 2010

For the final hour of working on my project I put finishing touches on my photos, printed them out, and then arranged them.

Robin Rhode

June 17th, 2010

Robin Rhode was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1976. He currently resides in Berlin, Germany. Rhode’s digital work takes the form of photography, photography sequences, and digital animations that frequently feature the use of charcoal, chalk, and paint. A common theme throughout his work is the illusionary use of charcoal, chalk, and paint drawings to create implied movement. Concrete street scenes are a reoccurring motif in his work as well. Many of these street scenes are images taken in his native Cape Town where the artist often visits and works. This setting is fitting for his work because much of Rhode’s oevure contains subject matter that deals with the current pertinent and pressing social issues of South Africa (and the world in general) including poverty and racial inequality. There is also a fun, playful aspect to his work as well.

Rhode’s artwork is a highly-successful combination of a street-art influence and his unique views on perspective, illusion, and society. The complexity exhibited in the combination of multiple mediums in one piece is a major factor in making his work stand out and be innovative. Through researching digital artists this semester, I have found that employing multiple mediums and media in one piece is a common practice among digital artists.

Project Documentation: Hours 7-9

June 17th, 2010

I spent three hours working on this image. The need for precision and detail while quick masking around the edges of the left section of water is what took me so long to create this image.

Project Documentation: Hour 6

June 17th, 2010

I worked on this image experimenting with different blur effects and strengths to achieve the final qualities I wanted.

Project Documentation: Hours 4 and 5

June 17th, 2010

More brainstorming and working on this image.