Archive for September, 2010

Pipilotti Rist: overview

Pipilotti Rist is a video artist living and working in Zurich and the mountains of Switzerland.  She is well-known for her freestyle video and audio installations as well as a feature film finished in 2009, “Pepperminta”.  She’s a contemporary artist and feminist that specializes in video editing and explorations in color and sexuality.

I am on the fence about how I feel about this artist.  I do think that her Installation pieces in galleries are presented very well and create a lot of interest for the viewer but I am confused/very much do not enjoy some of the video pieces that she is most known for such as “I’m not the girl who misses much” and “Pickelporno.”  Watching these videos I feel like I’m not being open-minded or they are just going over my head but I seriously feel disturbed; if this is the intent of the artist then the job is well-done but it does not change the lack of enjoyment I get from the videos.

Field Trip to India!

Matt Siber: overview

Matt Siber is a digital photographer living and working in Chicago, IL.  Currently he is a professor of digital imaging at Columbia College in Chicago.  His work primarily focuses on advertisements, specifically the text included in them and their effect on people in daily life.

In “The Untitled Project” Siber takes photos and edits out all of the text.  Shown in a gallery, he takes all of the text from the photo and makes a composition from it, placed beside the edited photo.  I really enjoy this project on a couple of different levels; first, it shows how even without text it is possible to interpret certain signs’ meaning just due to their shape and color.  Second, I found the compositions he made from the deleted text to be very well thought out and pleasing.  Shown the way they are in a gallery, I can see that they would be an interesting show piece for the viewer.

I really enjoy Matt Siber’s art because not only is it visually interesting in and of itself along with the way it is presented in the gallery, but it also has a very distinct and easily recognizable theme operating throughout.


Cory Arcangel: overview

Cory Arcangel is a computer programmer, web designer, and artist, living and working in Brooklyn.  He incorporates outdated computer systems technologies into his most famous works.  In his works “I Shot Andy Warhol” and “Super Mario Clouds” he changes the code within various NES games in his artistic approach. In “I Shot Andy Warhol” he replaces “Hogan’s Alley” characters with Andy Warhol, The Pope, Flava Flav, and Col. Sanders.  In “Super Mario Clouds” he took out the code for all elements of the “Mario” game were removed except for the clouds.  He makes use of other game consoles such as Atari, when making the work “Space Invader” in which he changed the code to only include one instead of multiple invaders.  In his own way he has incorporated today’s culture with that of the 80’s.

I didn’t enjoy Arcangel’s artwork that much visually, the true value in it for me is the method behind the art, the rewriting of the code and such.  As for the work itself, it didn’t really draw me in much; I didn’t see much point behind any of it except MAYBE humor, and for me that was really stretching it.  The thing I do find interesting though, is the way he displays his artwork.  “Super Mario Clouds” is shown on a very large projector and it gives a much better effect than just seeing his work displayed on a small screen.

Texture Mapping

Ian Whitmore: overview

Ian Whitmore is a freelance photographer living in Chicago and teaching at Columbia University.  As an artist, he notices the things that most people just take for granted and don’t even think about.  This is exemplified in his photo project titled “Nowhere,” a five year long project in which he photographed the ‘non-places’ of society; “the landscape of American commercial space and civic space.”  Expanding on this idea, another project, “Onomasticon” is currently in the works and is a set of 26 artist books (one for each letter of the alphabet) exploring a new vocabulary to help explain the concept of ‘nowhere’ using the photos collected.  A third project that he has displayed is called “Channels” and encompasses a series of photos of various televisions and the spaces where they are found and the people who watch them.

Personally, I did not particularly enjoy Whitmore’s work, most of the photos taken in the Nowhere project are visually and compositionally uninteresting.  If the photos are shown en masse, this could possibly serve as a somewhat interesting exploration of the suburban American environment but by themselves (as shown online) are rather bland.  My favorite of his projects was the “Channels” project, not only because I liked the idea behind it (based on reality television) but also because the photos were more visually stimulating than a lot of the others.


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