Art A Day
Matt Siber is a very creative photographer. Although his BA was in History and Geography from the University of Vermont, he received his MFA from University of Columbia in 2003. Siber is currently working at University of Columbia located in Chicago. His main interest in art is photography, and his work has been a great collection of attraction in couple of museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Photograph. The two different degrees Siber has might have seemed a bit unrelated until I took a look at his website that has photographs taken by him that captures the landscapes of Chicago full of logos and commercial signs floating above the air without stand support to represent visual pollution and advertising.
I have always been interested in photography especially those that are related to signs and logos of companies, but I have not come across any work such as Siber’s. I think he has a very creative art taste in sending his massages about pollution in a very inspiring way. Another unique tool Siber use is the idea of centrism in which he picks a center for the photograph (usually logos and signs) to represent the whole picture. This simple style of photography is becoming recently the modern style of photography. Nonetheless is the contrast of the logos and the background colors that are usually inspiring bright and light colors of skies and nature and caught the attraction by using the colors of the logos such as this picture of his.
Kelli Connell is considered to be a contemporary artist who was born in 1974. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas in 1997, an MFA from Texas Women’s University, and currently working as a teacher at Columbia College Chicago. Many of Connell’s photographs have a main or a center idea that is describing the beauty of same sex romantic relationships. She once said that she became a photographer to explore how photography can raise questions related to Double Life, gender roles, ideas of identity, and the expectations of society. Her work was presented many museums such as Columbus Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Based on what I have seen from her website many of her photographs represent females in romantic relationships with that shows couples having intimate and private moments in their lives. Her pictures are unique in representing the naturally of lesbian couples relationship that has portrayed a lot in the media, and rejected by many organizations of societies. In this picture on the top we can see that Kelli Connell have chosen to capture a beautiful seen of reflection of self and conflict of feelings taken of a model that she has been working with over several years. Connell does these reflections by scanning them and manipulating negatives scans of pictures in Adobe Photoshop
Jonathan Gitelson describe himself as a contemporary artist. He was born in New York City around 1975 and currently lives in currently resides in Brattleboro, Vermont. Jonathan earned a BA in literature and photography and a M.F.A. in photography in 2004. His work collection has been presented in many museums such as The Museum of Contemporary Photography and The Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Most of his work is centered around everyday life events that are relevant for a large part of the viewers. He works around many domains of digital arts such as photography books, video, installation, web-based projects, and works on paper and public art. Gitelson is known for putting himself into his work mentally and physically by using himself for his own ideas to represent them rather than having a model, which I find to give a stronger meaning to his work.
Jonathan Gitelson has uncommon Ideas to exhibits his style of story telling. My first impression from his stories that they are extremely realistic because his way of telling the story is easy to understand that it can relate to many people. Nonetheless, the pictures he captures are real life pictures taken by a non factitious way. Another observation I had related to his work is the colors of his pictures Like for example in one of his projects titled as Items Of Clothing Secretly Hidden By My Girlfriend (So I Wouldn’t Wear Them Anymore) he was describing his a lot about his life Although the title is very specific. In this project he was showing pictures of some of his Tshirts that he wears more frequently and his wife since they were dating secretly hide them one right after the other. I loved the simplicity of the pictures because it has influenced my imagination in many ways. Although they are just worn-out men T-shirts, I could not stop myself as I was going through the pictures from imagining those delightful moments of him and his wife when he used to wear them. Further, as I was searching through them I uncontrollably starting relating it to my own memories. For example on this picture on the bottom I loved how Gitelson choose the white clear background that I thing helped a lot to give my imagination the chance to jump in and contribute to what I see in the picture.
Cory Archangel is in his thirties. He was born in Buffalo, NY in 1978, who currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Since childhood he had an interest in guitar, and majored in to the technology of music. Arcangel grew artistically inspired by his interest in music technology. Arcangel currently resides in Brooklyn, New York where he works as a computer programmer, web designer, and artist. His talent in those three fields gave him a talent and the ability to do be digital artist with his unique touch. This he is considered to be artist and entrepreneur. The theme of his digital artwork is addressing the relationship between technology and culture, and with media appropriation. He is mainly known for his video game appropriations. For instance, he took a Mario game cartridge and erased all but the clouds to make “Super Mario Clouds”.
My reaction to his work was mixed up at first since I am not a big fan of video games, but as I looked further, I understood many of the concepts that he was trying to address in his artistic pieces. His He puts a lot of thought into his work as well as a lot of technical adjustments. He work mainly modifies old video games by keeping the background and removing certain elements from the original games and then shares them through his exhibitions. His artwork is very unique in allowing for technology- human interaction because what used to be behind a screen is now more intractable and sensible. My favorite work of his is “Super Mario Clouds” art, In which I felt a lot of interaction between the pop culture and technology. Putting the picture in a big size and have audiences reflection in the picture shows a lot of that kind of interaction especially that anyone could be standing there at any time and have their reflection presented.
Jordan Tate is a young digital artist works in 2D, 3D, and 4D digital media. He was born in Louisville, KY during the year of 1970. He received his Bachelor in Philosophy from Miami University and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Indiana University. He currently works as an assistant professor of art at the University of Cincinnati. Tate is considered to be a photographer that likes to explore many different methods of photography. What is special about his work is that he uses nontraditional methods in his final works. For example he choose specific details that are recognized from Photoshop. His theme in his work, which I agree upon is that he is more concerned in presenting the steps it takes to make a digital art work rather than the final art piece. His different perspective in his artistic photographs made him unified in many museums his work has been presented in.
As I have said earlier His work is really unique in showing the steps photos has been digitally altered. Thus, as with most of the artists we have researched thus far, I would never have thought to produce similar photographs. I loved his work a lot especially that it did not need any further understanding more than what I can grasp from first look since I am familiar with most of the Photoshop steps he presented in the pictures, one of the my favorite work of his beneath this paragraph of the color remind me of how much time I spend choosing colors for backgrounds and other details for my Art A Day or our weekly projects. All of this give me the impression that all of his work seem very planned and thought out before they were created, and he seems very precise and detailed. Tate’s work says a lot on the way we see artistic pieces and almost even comes across as an experiment and idea that happens to be best told and shown through art itself as a medium. Now, I believe that every step taken to make an artistic piece is art with in itself.
Jason Salavon is an American artist was born in Indiana during the year of 1970. He got his bachelor’s from the University of Texas, and his MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. He is largely known for his creations of computer software and digital manipulation of pre-existing images. The work he has been demonstrated by Salavon is what he chooses as sustaining life-long career. His unique way of taking pre-existing images and re-creating them into a new image is his creative way of making pictures. Sometimes, he even put layers of the same or multiple images on top of each other and unifies the colors to create a ambiguous unclear picture of wide seen images.
Although as I was reading through how he came up with his pictures it seemed a lot like what some of my classmates and I do for our Art A Day pictures, but After checking out some of his work, I am un sure of the reason of choosing some pictures and adding them together. I think I like his art that was put together and not the ambigus photos of popular pictures. His work generally has a hectic unclear colorful feel. His most interesting work to me was the Modern Lifestyle Mandala presented beneath this paragraph in which he used some Common goods (in this one its chairs and tables) and arranged in complex radial formations to make more of an articular digital piece.
Paul Pfeiffer was born in Hanalulu, Hawaii during the year of 1966, and currently lives in New York. Pfeiffer is considered to be a video artist who graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute and received a MFA from Hunter College in New York. His work is acknowledged as time-consuming work since he uses premade video footage to create his work. Pfeiffer’s work is said to invite viewers to exercise their imagination- to make his onlookers experience certain feelings and emotions. For example, one of his most famous work is “The Long Count,” which is a video of a wrestling completion between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali with both fighters digitally removed and place so it only their movement across the ropes is what is visible.
My reaction to Pfeiffer’s work was pretty mixed at first simply because I could not understand what he is presenting for some of his work, but as I read description and more details I found him to be very interesting. I think this goes back to his idea of his work, which is to inviting the viewers to exercise their imagination and experience certain feelings and emotions. My favorite piece of is “Flagpole”
Made by him during the year of 2006. I think what attracted me to this video more than others is the feeling of closeness to nature and especially this seen of the sun set that I felt as the video was playing. I think it is interesting to take the perspective of investigation of perceptual phenomena in nature as that is what he was aiming for in this video. I think the main idea that I thought of as I was going through his work is the appreciation of time and effort he put into each piece, removing people, symbols, or numbers to make or not make the subjects depicted. The time and thought put into each of his pieces is what makes his work so hypnotizing or intriguing to view. Pfeiffer’s work is both effective at creating feelings within the viewer. My problem I found was that most of his work is related to sports which is not one of main interests.