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(Photo above explains everything

words will never tell you)

 

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Final Project: Layla

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Pipilotti Rist

Pipilotti Rist  is an artist who works with video, film, and moving images.  She incorporates  sound and audio into her work to enhance and add an extra dimension.  She uses the sound to drown the viewers and immerse them into her piece.  A good example of this is “Sip My Ocean.”  This video has vibrant colors that really draw the viewer into the video as the color changes and the picture closely zooms in on the subject.  While that’s being shown, in the background is a very flowing melody that also draws you in the same way that the visuals do.

My favorite video of Rist’s is “I’m Not The Girl Who Misses Much.”  I found very fun as it was fast-paced, jittery, and overall entertaining.  This video also portrays some of Rist’s personal beliefs in feminism.  She sexualizes the female form and uses herself as the main subject which is an interesting technique.

Pipilotti Rist- Sip My Ocean

I’m Not The Girl Who Misses Much

Pipilotti Rist Interview at ACCA, I Packed the Postcard in My Suitcase

 

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Stephen Vitiello

Stephen Vitiello is an artist who uses sound for his artistic medium.  He has both installations where it’s an experience for his user but he also creates songs for people to listen to.  His sound tracks are meant to manipulate the user’s senses and make them feel they are in a certain environment.  In his “Owls, drips, and frogs” you feel like you’re walking down the road next to the woods in the middle of the night, while “All those Vanished Engines” makes you feel like you’re in a factory where something ominous is about to happen.

I like Vitiello’s work because it’s like audio realism.  Unlike a normal song, his use of everyday sounds and noises make his work relatable to everyday life.  The one unique aspect of his art, as opposed to the more traditional, visual methods, is that it allows the user to paint their own picture.  Somebody could listen to the same works that I did but have a completely different experience and imagine a completely unique set of visuals.

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John Blatter

John Blatter’s art is created relying heavily on one of two mediums, sound and modern advertising.  In pieces such as “moments,” “light in B minor,” and “simulcast” Blatter uses sound as the crux of his piece or to help enhance his work.  I found “light in B minor” to be the most interesting application, as he utilizes the amount of electricity being sent to lights on dimmer switches to determine the sound that is played.  The coordination of this is a very innovative idea.

There wasn’t anything too inspiring about some of his other work, such as the billboards or the infomercial video.  In “As Seen On TV” you can pick up on his sense of sarcasm and how he’s poking fun at the real commercials.  The images on his billboard pieces are also somewhat ironic, and I like that they reach a very wide audience, but again there isn’t too much artistic value to them in my opinion.

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Blink of an Eye

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Nam June Paik

Nam June Paik is Korean American artist best known for being the first video artist art.   In his video artwork he many times incorporates music.  One of his most well known pieces featured in many places in America called TV Buddha created in 1974.  The piece shows a Buddha bronze sculpture staring at a small old fashioned TV set.  Viewers can see the video capture of Buddha life time through the screen.  This piece is silent and placed on a flat white ground.

Another interesting Piece of Nam June Paik is, TV Cello, which features three TV sets laying on top of one another.  With a rod to represent the strings of the cello.  The piece is as well shown with a female figure playing the tv sets. Another great piece of his is  Megatron/ Matrix.  This piece shows eight channel of computer driven video installations.  215 monitors are used to create this piece.  Vibrant colors, pattern, and grid are all words that can be used to describe this piece.  Overall I find Nam June Paik work to be engaging, massive, and creative.

 

 

 

 

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Jeff Baij

I find Jeff Baij’s work rather simplistic and repetitive.  The pattern I notice is he takes a bad idea and recreates it over and over again until it becomes a worse idea.  That might seem harsh but I’m hoping to make his bio (wink wink).  More seriously, Baij’s work doesn’t appear to be overly deep or thought out.  His “Cyber Clean Demo Gifs” and “Green Day” series are basically the same image done with a slightly different twist each time.  This method is consistent through most of his work.

I think with some adjustments Baij has the potential to create quality art.  When repetition is used to show progression and transformation it’s an effective mechanism; repeating the same image over and over again leaves something to be desired.  I also think if he focused on creating one quality piece it would benefit him.  A skyline with illuminated clouds could be the inspiration for something good, but in his “Ominous” series he starts there and basically recreates the same simple image over and over again.

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My Favorite Emoticon (So Sad) – Jeff Baij

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