The Physiology of Digital Art

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Final Project Time Documentation

Filed under: Uncategorized April 23, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

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How I feel about Digital Art Now . . .

Filed under: Uncategorized April 21, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

So now that I’m at the end of my digital art experience I figure I should reflect on what I think about it. I don’t think that my views on art have changed that much. I’m still over all pulled more towards traditional thoughts and views on art. But I can admit that I appreciate the digital art world more now than before. I see that it takes just as much time and effort in making a digital piece, in some instanceseven more so. I like how assecablie  it can be and how available it is to the general public (most of the time). Art and art productions seem to have this upper class/socitety  feel sometimes, and can be somewhat unapproachable at times, unless your in the know. I feel like digital art bridges this gap better than other art avenues. So over all, at the end of my experience I feel I have a better understanding and I can appreciate it much more than I would have ever before. But I probably will not play with it myself . . . I’m still a Biologist 😀

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Stephen Vitiello

Filed under: Uncategorized April 4, 2011 @ 6:53 pm

Stephen Vitiello is a visual and sound artist. Originally he was a guitarist for a punk rock band. Over the years he has collaborated with many visual artist including Pauline Oliveros, Joan Jonas, and Robin Rimbaud. He was a resident artist at the world trade center in 1999, where he recorded sounds from the 91st floor, using microphones he made himself. Stephen has about 12 Cd’s and been apart of many exhibitions and productions. It’s obvious he has a lot of talent. A lot of time goes into creating his pieces and I think it definitely shows.

I personally like his stuff, but I don’t think I’d put it onto my iPod anytime soon. These are pieces that I’d listen to when I’m doing work or reading and have it playing in the background (at least the stuff he has up on iTunes anyway). Some of his more artsy pieces, things that came from the world trade center for example are interesting, and eerie for obvious reasons. I found them nice to listen to, but none really held my attention, or made me want to listen to the whole song. It was more like ‘okay so this is what this is . . .Skip to the next one’. For example, His ‘Color of Sounds’ were interesting, and a but weird as colors don’t make sounds. They were interesting because of that and it kind of made you think what do you yourself think yellow sounds like. But that also makes it weirdish because it goes against normal sensory perception. Which is cool for the most part.

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My Time Animation

Filed under: Uncategorized March 30, 2011 @ 11:41 am

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Paul Pfeiffer

Filed under: Uncategorized March 28, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

Paul Pfeiffer was born in Hawaii in 1966. He got his BFA in printmaking at the San Francisco Art Instituteand his MFA at Hunter College in New York. He has lived and worked in New York since 1990. He is a video artist and his work has been shown all over the world from the Whitney Museum of Art to Europe in Spain and Berlin. Also in 2000 he won the Bucksbaum Award and in 2009 the visual arts Alpert Award. He does a lot with altering videos. Many seem to be in context of sporting events and such. For example, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is at a basketball game, but all players except one is edited out. He has done the same thing for soccer games and boxing matches as well.

A lot of his work is explained online, however, I couldn’t actually find any pieces of just his video. I found this frustrating because I still couldn’t really understand what he was trying to do or say. It kind of puts me off to his work, because I don’t see the sense of explaining if I can’t see the full work. I definitely feel that his work needs to be seen physically in real life in order to appreciate it. As of right now I don’t think I would like it, but that could change if  saw it in a gallery.  From what I did see, his pictures of the lone basketball player in the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse was well done. The lack of the other players made the one seem very important or significant, because you see this crowd surrounding him. But it also was weird. As a person, you know people are missing and something is wrong, and it makes the picture feel somewhat bizarre as to why are the  others missing.

He also has done some work wit sculpture type pieces, but there is always an element of digital work somewhere. His Dutch Interior is based off of the staircase in the movie The Amityville Horror. In the intallation of the piece, there is a large screen where the viewer is presented with an image of the stairs of the house, and their at the top looking down. As the viewer walks closer to the screen there is a whole, that when you look through it, you now are looking from the bottom of the stairs upward. In a sense, Pfeiffer has allowed the viewer to experience both positions. I think these types of pieces are more interesting, and they play more with human emotions and I think they evoke a better response. But they are also things that are meant to be seen personally.

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Filed under: Uncategorized March 22, 2011 @ 11:10 am

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Bill Viola

Filed under: Uncategorized March 20, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

Bill Viola is an artist that is known very well by the art world. He is known to work a lot with video and really help establish the use of video in the contemporary art world. His works are described by his website as being universal, as they deal with universal experiences. Also he likes to explore sense perception within his works. He went to Syracuse University and has lived/visited many different places all over the world.

I found Viola’s work to be very expressive, in the terms that the subjects are very good at expressing the feeling of the piece and that the overall idea behind his work just seems emotional. I also noticed his use of water was very apparent in most videos I tried to watch. It was interesting because he used it in many different ways: in both redeeming and destructive fashion. I can not say however how I feel about his work overall. His pieces I feel are meant to be viewed personally, and viewing only bits and pieces on the Internet makes me feel like I haven’t seen the whole story. I think they were meant to be personable and be seen and felt in person. This is somewhat different from other artist we have looked at in Digital Art because the Internet so far has always given me at least a sense of whether or not I at least would like somebody or not as an artist. While he does have a presence on the Internet, it’s more informational, about him and the meaning behind his work, than his actual work itself. I think I would like to see one of his installations to see his work in full in order to gain a better understanding of what his point or message is.

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Jenny Holzer

Filed under: Uncategorized March 13, 2011 @ 8:43 pm


Jenny Holzer is an artist that focuses a lot on text. She uses text in a very distinctive way that can be very profound and thought provoking. She originally focused on printmaking and painting, but she is well known for her use of text as a piece of art. She uses text everywhere from regular signs to benches, t-shirts, and most notably in projection. For the most part she uses text from others, from poets to declassified US documents.

My first and initial feelings of Jenny Holzer’s work is that it has an eerie, intimate feel to it. I found this particularly true in her Projections series, which have been taken over many years in many famous cities. It is almost like the cities are telling you their secrets. It’s almost like the buildings on which the words are projected on have their own memories, imprinted on them for all to see. Some are at times profound and flow like a piece of poetry would. Some are more hidden, words are cut off because of the shape of the building, making it hard to read the whole thing. This just adds to the mystery and feeling of secretiveness. I really liked it. The pieces are vulnerable and are left completely to the  viewer to contemplate meaning or feeling. I think in many ways they make you think and contemplate about the world in way a good book would.

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Jeff Baij

Filed under: Uncategorized March 6, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

To start off, I found Jeff Baij’s work to be interesting to say the least. I will admit that most of the time I was confused and often left wondering what was the point of the piece or collection of works. Even so I couldn’t help but feel there was some humor in some of his works that made them like-able enough that I didn’t need to know the reason behind the piece. I was instead just aloud to feel whatever emotion I was feeling about it and enjoy that. I wasn’t being directed to feel anything specific, or something that the artist themselves wanted to point out or share. In a since it was entirely up to me about what I should be feeling about the art work, not being forcedto by the artist. I simply liked this, especially as many times the meaning behind works can be completely lost on me and go over my head anyway. One of my favorites was from 2009, the Failed Attempts at Making Glow in the Dark Daleks. Being a slight Dr. Who fan I couldn’t help but find these just plain cute and happy (in a weird robot way I guess).

Of course as I said before, and what seems to happen every time I write one of these, I find myself confused by the meaning or message behind the works. This is still very true concerning Jeff Baij’s work. You can see the time he puts into some of the works and also the talent, but much is lost on me. I can’t really tell you what he did in some of his works or why. The pieces on his page right now are interesting to look at, but beyond that I didn’t think about them much. I can quickly move on to the next without really thinking or examining them. I’m sure I’m missing something, but while the initial look is challenging and is of some interest, it is just not THAT interesting for me to continue looking at. All in all I feel that I like some of his works, the ones that have a slight humor hidden behind them keep me coming back, but  others I find lacking and make me move on quicker than I probably should.

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Robin Rhode

Filed under: Uncategorized February 16, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

Robin Rhode was born in South Africa in 1976. He has had an education in the fine arts and works with paints and chalks within photography and digital animations. Many of his works are in a grey scale of color. If there is color it is often carefully thought out to either catch your eye, but most colors are ‘natural’ colors or colors revolving around street life. Brasses and silvers, cement and asphalt, things of this nature. Usually there is only one person present, or none at all. His works are in a sence ‘street-like’. Bringing you to the center of a city, but deserted. Often the background being a wall of a building or a blacktop Many of his influences are due to beginning South African and the entrance of western things into South African culture, like hip-hop and basketball.

Overall, I really like his work. In his animations there is this sort of old film feel for me, it makes me feel nostalgic, like I’m missing something. Usually I don’t like urban settings and often wonder why so many people photograph them. But him Rhode’s work, there is something inviting I feel. Because he is influenced so much by this ‘mixing’ of cultures, he adds something to his work that I feel many others miss. He is obviously playing with not just cultural ideas, but with imagination. But instead of making the viewer have to look deep inside to see the meaning or purpose, he kind of takes you right along from the beginning. I appreciate this and I feel that it makes the piece more enjoyable. I for instance enjoy his photographs where he draws what he doesn’t have on a wall, like a bike, then he interacts with it as if it where real. This has so many levels of statements and meanings. I’d like to think, because I try to be the optimistic type, that he is pointing to the creation out of little or nothing. He acknowledges poverty, but many of his pictures seem hopeful to me, that is to say that even with nothing, you can still create and make something.