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Digital Approaches to Fine Art 104

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Kelli C.

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Kelli creates impossible situations by taking multiple pictures of herself and photoshopping them to look like one seamless image.  She often creates these pictures by taking on a masculine form (outfit and body language) and a feminine form.  At first, glance, scrolling down her gallery it appears to be a lesbian love story or twincest.  When you realize it is the same person it is not “as” weird, but the pictures are still a little off-putting to me. You can tell she is free-spirited by her stylistic choices.  Her work is meant to speak out and make viewers ask certain questions, but if there was no reason behind her work, no statement or background it could come off as extreme love for one’s self.

 Picnic, 2002

Fun with Scanners

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Abstract :  Man in the Darkness

Made by spinning and rotating different glass objects on and above the scanner.

Representational:  PAC-MANISH

No objects are manipulated.  Rectangles are added to make it look like PAC-MAN in game.

original size image:

Wafaa B.

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He takes a lot of current events and problems taking place in Iraq and puts them into his work.  He deals with day to day life and the misfortunes of war and controversies.  Once in protest to the war, he confined himself to a small room in a gallery.  While he was confined he could be shot at by a remote-controlled paintball gun, anyone on the internet could shoot him.  This was a statement against the remote-controlled missiles that were being shot at people in Iraq by people who were not in Iraq.  He did this having lost friends and family to war.  He then made a game  Night of Bush Capturing: Virtual Jihadi which is an altered version of Quest for Bush were Waffaa was portrayed as a suicide bomber with Bush as the target.  He did this to open the eyes of many to travesties caused by the war and stereotypes cast on his people.  He even went so far as to conduct a social experiment in New York called Dog or Iraqi, where the people got to choose who was waterboarded, the dog or Wafaa.  They chose Waffa to get waterboarded.  I think his pieces are very thought out and have great personal meaning to him.  It also helps open the eyes of people who are not Iraqi who often stereotype them.  It helps his people to be seen in a different light.  I think some of his pieces are very powerful especially the confinement room and the Dog are Iraqi.

  

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Christian M.

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A lot of his work revolves around music and turning music into fine art.  His physical art pieces are very diverse and well put together.  He uses onomatopoeia in some of his works; the way he makes the words makes them look like they came out of a comic strip.  I have an example of this on the left.  In the middle piece, he uses sheet music sheet music and puts bulls-eye glass in front of it to create this distortion effect.  He also has shows where there is video playing.  His comic book strip work is fun and entertaining.  I think some of his most interesting work is his cyanotypes.

 

 

fraenkelgallery.com

whitecube.com

Rashaad N

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Most of Rashaad’s work is high quality, time and effort are put into his work as well as thought and influences. I say influences because he puts a lot of his personal cultural aspects into his work.  He likes to put himself, who he is and what has influenced his life into his work which is something that should be highly valued.  Here are some examples where you can clearly see his how his involvement with hip-hop has influenced his work.

Bot all his work is so literal though, as you can see from the next example, he has some more abstract art.

Rashaad has good quality art but sometimes comes off to me as stereotypical a “Garish” and some of his work is borderline pornographic.

One Tool Adventure

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Original:  Photoshopped

The first picture is manipulated with the smudge tool.

I used the history brush on the second image.

Lastly, I used the spot healing tool using only patterns.

Red Forest in My Garden:

 

Time to Wash Grace:

 

Child Statue:

 

Sara Ludy

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A lot of her work is very modern, other parts of her work also have a psychedelic effect.

She has variety in her work both virtual and physical.  Sara takes some inspiration from the real world and makes it into something in the virtual world. In some of her projection work, she changes plants to look like something new and interesting, most the time you can’t tell that it started out as a plant.  Her work really clicked in my head when I found out she was interested in psychology and the effects hard can have.

I think her projections are really cool, how they envelop the edges of the room to make it appear as if you are somewhere else.

These orbs are soft and soothing while still.  while moving our feelings may change as the loosely transparent shape rotates.

orbs

if you go to the link above, you can click on any of the pictures and it will send you to a video of it rotating.

The animation of the orbs rotating is what gives them that psychedelic effect.

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This is a video (above) and the best way to describe it is modern-psychedelic.  Sara also made a video names dream house, it’s a really modern, but in the video there is a sound that just plays throughout the whole video like harsh cold air, and the longer the video plays the more it feels like this came out of a nightmare of a dream, it cold, dim, and the objects within when zoomed upon feel like they are staring at you, trying to take you.

dreamhouse

 

sources:

saraludy.com

Nam June Paik

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He is considered the father of video art. He uses technology to make art, and the further you look the better it gets. he has created many different and unique pieces.  This creative art style started after he went to Germany. Looking at his art the fact that he went to school in Germany for the arts makes a lot of sense. Most of his art has a bulky feel to, bulky and bold. Most Germanic art and culture/language feels and looks that way to me. I’ve never been to Germany but I’ve taken German classes for five years now and I’ve seen/heard a lot of their language and culture.
He honestly looks like a guy who is just having fun. I could imagine a lot of his ideas coming from a “what if?” statement.

  

Then there are pieces like these that make you think and imagine different possibilities.  These pieces appear to be more balanced and thought out.

  

It seems as he worked on art he looked for newer technology and more complicated ways to express his art.  He really uses the skills he used in school and the further studies on technology to compliment his work.  He even works with the lasers themselves (outside of TV’s) to create art.  I think some of his most striking work comes from his political art.

 

sources:
artsy
paikstudios
americanart.si.edu

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