Sara Ludy is a digital artist that currently lives in Vancouver. She sees her art as a way of making observations and collecting information. It is an investigation that is still in process and looks to find conclusions that she doesn’t have yet but is looking for. Her work, because it deals with virtual spaces, is often referring to this relationship between the real world and the virtual and how they affect each other
Lucy’s art is another just mesmerizing work to look at. It’s all over the place but the pieces I looked at were really cool. I hope to learn more and understand her work better after the artist presentation.
Doug Aitken is an american multimedia artist who has done everything from films to architecture. His works have been featured in places such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary art in Los Angeles. Aitken has traveled to many places for his films. He has filmed in the diamond mines of Africa all the way to India’s Bollywood.
I personally enjoy Aitken’s text sculptures the most. They are just mesmerizing to look at. I also enjoyed his piece “Altered Earth.” Another mesmerizing piece from Aitken where a landscape is projected onto a cube in the middle of a large hallway. I greatly enjoyed looking at Aitken’s work and I hope to be able to see it in person one day.
Evan Roth is a genius artist who takes hacking and art and combines it into one. Much like Cory Arcangel, Roth takes technology and puts it to unconventional uses. For example he takes photographs and turns them into sculptures made out of photographs. Roth’s pieces take on “the relationship of misuse and empowerment and the effect that philosophies from hacker communities can have when applied to digital and non-digital systems.”
I was awestruck by the beauty of his kite pieces. The way the picture looks on the kite is just gorgeous. I also greatly enjoyed his pieces from the “No Original Research.” The pictures that he created digitally are absolutely mesmerizing. His pieces were a lot of fun to look at and it seems like he makes it fun to create them. That’s important because art and even life would just suck without some fun in it.
Jodie Mack is an experimental animator from the UK. She primarily works with films and videos. Her work is a mix of abstract animation and cinematic genres. Her works focus on using objects that are overlooked and underused to question the role of decoration in life. Most of her works use recycled materials to create works of art through a digital approach.
Mack’s video “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” was one of my favorite works of hers. It takes a classic song and turns it into a karaoke style video in which she uses many common materials to make an easy sing along. The way she animates it makes it more fun to watch and puts a cool visual to the song. Another work of hers I greatly enjoyed was “Dusty Stacks of Mom: A Poster Project.” In this 16mm film Mack combines visual animation with rock opera to create a documentary about the rise and fall of a nearly defunct poster and postcard business. It is a great combination of music and visual art to create a great film.
Pipplioti Rist is a Swiss visual artist. She work primarily with video, film, and moving images. Rist makes videos using super 8 film. Her works are focused on gender, sexuality, and the human body. Rist is also known in the feminist movement due to her works and how they relate to gender equality. One of her works, “Ever is all over,” was referenced by Beyoncé in one of her songs from her album Lemonade.
Rist has many interesting works but I was particularly fascinated by her video “Ever is all over.” In this video a girl is walking down the street smashing car windows with a hammer shaped as a flower and at one point she is greeted by a police officer. It was captivating to watch. Rist’s work was both interesting and captivating and I greatly enjoyed researching her work.
Takeshi Murata is a multimedia artist who has had numerous works been shown at the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington, DC. Murata has worked with mostly with video and animation. He likes to push the boundaries of hyperreality, especially with the piece, “I, Popeye.” In this piece he tested the grounds of fair use, which has to deal with copyright laws. Murata has also worked with still images where he sets up a scene or he creates completely digitally.
Murata’s work is quite fascinating. I especially enjoyed “I, Popeye” and “OM Rider.” Both were captivating and took some time to fully process all of it. And every time you watch it, you may find something completely new that you didn’t see before. Also I like how most of his work has a hidden meaning to it.
Christian Marclay is an artist of many kinds. He works through mediums such as music, video, and digital art. He has created multiple works of art that have been showcased all around the world. His work with music contained using records in unconventional ways. He uses sounds of unpleasant noises, such as a guitar being dragged on the ground or a record breaking, and turns it into music. He also made pictures from record covers. These works of art take multiple record covers and it turns it into a single image. In one he took a cover of Michael Jackson and added it to a cover of legs to it.
Marclay’s work on music was quite interesting but I did not enjoy it very much. While some of the work he did to produce the end product by damaging the record was impressive, I still didn’t enjoy the end product. His work with the record covers was fantastic though. I greatly enjoyed how he combined the different covers to make one complete picture. These works of art are both hilarious are intriguing.