Archive for August, 2010

Jon Gitelson: overview

As an artist, Jon Gitelson gets many of ideas for his projects from found objects and things that happen in everyday life.  Subjects of inspiration range anywhere from quirky things witnessed daily to relationships with people.  His work is made with different forms of media including photographs, recordings, and video.  Many of them are based upon series’ of collections; for example, “The Car Project” involved him collecting over 1000 advertisements, making a sheet to cover his car, and photographing it parked in front of various locations.

I enjoy the work of this artist, because it exemplifies that art has to have a good or interesting idea behind it or it doesn’t stimulate and keep the attention of its audience.  Gitelson’s work includes exaggerations and witty takes on scenarios we usually take for granted in everyday life.  He shows what contemporary art is going toward; no one will ever be able to devote as much time to their craft as the old masters but new ideas keep art alive.


What are digital approaches to fine arts?

What are digital approaches to fine arts?  Is it simply altering a picture using a photo-editing program such as Photoshop or Gimp?  Is it using technology as a crutch in the field of art?  Being a person who is not so technology-inclined it is often quite an experience.  In the past I have thought of it as a cheat for those who could not create art in a way that they found pleasing to the eye.  After being exposed to Photoshop and other digital art applications available through open-source (Gimp) I have come to appreciate that making art through digital means has as many challenges as those faced through traditional means.

There is definitely a learning curve that exists, and when it comes to photo-editing and the like you definitely have to have something to start with before you begin.  Before applying any effects such as contrast, saturation, or color change you must have a good composition to begin with or any computer effects that you would use would be akin to ‘beating a dead horse’ as they say.  But Digital Media are more than just editing tools, they can be used to create art from scratch as well; many artists work exclusively using tablets and Photoshop as their artistic approach.  In this case you have to know, as an artist, what you want to get out of a work before you can get the most out of the computer to achieve the desired result.  The main thing to remember is that technology is a tool, and can be used just like traditional materials, pencils, paint, etc. to create and requires just as much talent and know-how.

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