Archive for May, 2010

Jenny Holzer

Monday, May 24th, 2010

The main element of Jenny Holzer’s artwork is text, particularly text displayed in public spaces. Her work incorporates an array of media including LED signage, light projection, posters, the internet, and condoms. She first used street posters to publicly display text. The text Holzer chooses for her work often deals with various powerful issues including war, power, oppression, feminism, and consumerism. She wrote her own text for her work up until around 2001 but has mainly worked with text written by others since about 1993.

Holzer’s display of text reminds me in some respects of the work of Matt Siber, an artist the class previously reviewed. Both artists’ work involves a manipulation of text in public spaces in a manner that is surprising and makes a statement. Jenny Holzer’s biography page on the Art:21 website states, “While her subversive work often blends in among advertisements in public space, its arresting content violates expectations.”

Jenny Holzer’s art is assertive, bold, and subversive.


Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Digital Approaches? To Fine Art?

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

A digital approach to fine art entails the use of digital technology in the production of the art form.  To this student at the beginning of his digital art learning experience, it seems like the most prevalent form digital approaches to fine art takes is the reproduction and manipulation of pre-existing images using technology such as scanners and Photoshop.  However a pre-exisitng traditional art form such as a photograph is not needed; digital art can be created in and of itself completely electronically

To use a digital approach in art is to participate in a relatively new expansion of art’s definition.  Technological advancements like digital technology or bronze production have been employed throughout history to create new art forms and to altar old ones.