Pipilotti Rist

Posted in Uncategorized on February 14th, 2011 by sjackson249

Pipilotti Rist seems to use photography to create her art more than any other means. She also seems to have an obsession with distortions of the female body. A great amount of her art includes bleeding women, women missing body parts, women bent in unnatural ways and other such distortions of the female body.

I found most of Pipilotti’s work to be slightly disturbing. Although I was impressed with her skills in photography and and photo manipulation, her topics made me a little sick to my stomach. I must admit that I did not look at a whole lot of her work before I decided not to look any deeper. She is a skilled artist, but maybe a little too creepy.


Posted in Uncategorized on February 8th, 2011 by sjackson249

Cory Arcangel

Posted in Uncategorized on February 7th, 2011 by sjackson249

Cory’s art is mostly centered around programming and digital mediums. A lot of digital artists use digital means; however, Cory actually delves into the technical realm of the digital.  For example, one of his works of art included re-writing the Mario cartridge  for the Nintendo to only show the clouds. Another of his works was to take a Mario cartridge and make a fifteen minute short movie portraying a more emotionally distraught Mario.

I find Cory’s art to be interesting. The taking of cartridges and creating a form of art from it using programming is simply great. At the beginning of the semester I defined digital fine art as any use of technology that is highly skilled, and I believe Cory fits that definition.

Matt Siber

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31st, 2011 by sjackson249

Matt Siber is a modern artist. A great amount of his work relies on taking things out of photographs instead of adding things in. For example, in his “Untitled Project”, he removes all text from his chosen photographs, including signs, cars, etc etc. Another of his works called “Floating Logos” shows company logos and signs floating without being held in the air by their respective sign posts. Other works such as his “Billboard” and “Empty Sign Sculpture” follow this idea as well. However, he does much more. He also has a style of art centered around common life and things he finds amusing. For example, he has a series of pictures of random “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” posters from Paris, France. He also has a series based on advertisements. This series ranges from a video of a Japanese street playing advertisements on a video  to a series of billboards he photographed while they were rotating pictures.

I found Matt Siber’s work to be very interesting. I especially loved his “Untitled Project.” And the fact that the project was called “Untitled” simply because he removed all the text from each photograph gave the project a slightly humorous feel. Yet, the photographs were beyond beautiful. The sense that something in the photograph was wrong even though everyone seemed to be acting so normal created a feeling of fantasy. An entire new world with different rules and expectations seemed to jump out of the photographs. Matt Siber has definitely shown a vast amount of enthusiasm in his work.

Linearly Circular

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27th, 2011 by sjackson249

Mike Wsol

Posted in Uncategorized on January 25th, 2011 by sjackson249

Mike Wsol’s work seems to revolve around angles and shapes. Many of his works such as his Reinforcement Web, Drain Rooms, Compartmental Structure, Untitled (2006), and Support Mould are consistently riddled with right angles. His work also revolutionizes the idea of Repetition. For example, Reinforcement Web is a simple (not really very simple) drawing of thousands of right angels which create the illusion of a 3D object.

Mike Wsol’s art is very appealing to the eye. I greatly enjoyed studying the shapes and angles that created his pieces. His mastery of repetition while still showing economy and proportion is exhilarating. My eyes dart up, down, right and left as I try to follow his mazes of angles. The overwhelming skill and time taken to create such extensively repetitive works staggers the imagination. He is an artist who truly knows how to create art that attracts his audience.

A practical creation of 4 Principles of Design

Posted in Uncategorized on January 23rd, 2011 by sjackson249





Jon Gitelson

Posted in Uncategorized on January 17th, 2011 by sjackson249

This week, my topic revolves around the works of Jon Gitelson.  The majority of Jon Gitelson’s work seems to be photograph based, often times of humorous situations or instances. For example, the above picture is a project he has started which catalogs the items of clothing which his girlfriend does not approve. Another project he has finished includes images of trashcans that surround his old apartment. These images catch people stealing trashcans and others using items in the trashcans for their own personal use.

It may be my lack of art knowledge, however Gitelson’s use of photography does not seem to be his main skill. What really makes Gitelson’s work real is the stories behind the photographs. Some of the projects he has created, such as the trashcan project, have a story supporting each picture. Using a series of picture based stories, Gitelson tells an even larger story of his life, or the life of others to create a humorous atmosphere. Although I would never look at Gitelson’s art with envy or awe, his stories do put a smile on my face.

Digital Art Unveiled

Posted in Uncategorized on January 13th, 2011 by sjackson249

I was faced with a very interesting question today. What is digital fine arts? Well, as a person who is not very artsy, I tried to ask my teacher to define fine arts for me. This did not go very well. Apparently, fine arts is not something with a very exact definition; in fact, it seems to be a mystery, floating around in sentences confusing the general public. However, with a little digging, and a lot of brainstorming, the mystery unraveled itself before me.

Fine arts is described by wikipedia as the “perfection of an activity to a very high level of skill.” This extremely broad statement makes it possible to place almost every subcategory imaginable into this genre which seems to encompass all. This can be interpreted to say that high skill is synonymous to fine art regardless of the practice. To translate what I just said, anything one does skillfully can be considered fine arts. Now that the curtain of mystery has been lifted, I can delve into the question concerning digital fine arts.

Using the above definitions, it can be assumed that almost anything that uses modern technology with a high level of skill can be categorized as a digital fine art. As a computer science major, I would include  fields such as web development, game programming and military applications of computer science in my list of fine arts . Thus, digital fine arts should be classified as skilled work using modern technology. I sincerely hope that this has cleared the fog around digital fine arts and enlightened you on its hidden meaning.