turn OFF then ON the lights

By on April 11, 2012 Comments Off on turn OFF then ON the lights


By on April 10, 2012 Comments Off on HOLZERED IT UP

For the Holzer project, I was delegated with Abbas to bring a projection unit to the library. The projection unit’s wheels scared multiple people as I rode is noisily down the hill towards the nest… The process itself was too much fun. There were so many ways to grab different scenes with the shadows. The progression of attempts was awesome to view and be apart of as the class pushed the project in multiple directions. I really enjoyed thinking about the different dimensions that were present as one could produce a shadow both by placing themselves in front of the light as well as placing objects on the projection unit as well. I’m glad we had this chance to reflect light and reflect on ourselves as well!

P R, P L

By on April 10, 2012 Comments Off on P R, P L

Any artist whose goal is to manipulate a scene to give it a new meaning is someone I can give a lot of credit to. Pfeiffer’s art deals with very modern and popular images as he minutely edits certain aspects of the old scenes to portray what Pfeiffer’s perspective is instead. In his series The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Pfeiffer’s goal is to move the attention of the viewer away from what we are normally drawn to. In this case, Pfeiffer edits nine out of the ten basketball players out of the scene which we normally focus on. I believe that Pfeiffer is trying to put everyone in his photograph on an equal playing field, by making the crowd, the background, the lights, with the single player vying for our attention all at the same moment.

I think that Pfeiffer is displaying a powerful message through his artwork. By manipulating images like he is, Pfeiffer is fighting back against overly-inflated world of sports by drawing our attention from what we instinctively look for to what we normally wouldn’t. Anyone one of those people in the crowd could be the player taking the shot and vice versa. I also love the lighting in the series. It’s as if he manipulated that as well to create illumination throughout the entire series. Bottom line, I would love to see more of Pfeiffer’s future artwork!

Viola’s are the sounds of yesterday..

By on April 9, 2012 Comments Off on Viola’s are the sounds of yesterday..

I can see that Bill Viola’s brain is compromised of a variety of puzzle pieces after viewing his art… His art takes the form of video as he delves into the meaning of time as more that just a ticking sound. Every process making up his videos has meaning, whether its the choice of lens he uses, that amount of time that is filmed and how that is manipulated (slowed or sped-up), with the most important piece of Viola’s artistic puzzle being what he chooses to make his art out of. Behind his art is a new sense of time as his viewers have a new appreciation for the flow of water as he slows down each frame in The Raft.

As for my opinion, I love how Viola’s gives us a new dimension to view time in as each one of his works can be played again and again with a perspective found after each viewing. However, his work is very dark and hard for me to relate to. His scenes are clouded with dark backgrounds and eerie sound effects. I think Viola is trying to express through his work how vulnerable the human race is to the natural forces that were here before our time as well as after when we no longer exist. Viola is slowing our thought processes down through his art to communicate his need for us to truly understand this.


By on April 3, 2012 Comments Off on Spinning

How Dew You…???

By on April 3, 2012 1 Comment

Jordan Tate, how does this make you feel?

Dew U…???

By on April 3, 2012 Comments Off on Dew U…???

This question is for Jordan Tate!


Baij, Jeff … Jeff Baij

By on March 20, 2012 Comments Off on Baij, Jeff … Jeff Baij

Jeff Baij works with digital images and video imaging when manifesting his ideas. Because digital art is so encompassing, each piece has it’s own character based upon a number of variables. He uses very rudimentary colors and designs when mixing together his pictures, multiple pictures, and videos. When I say rudimentary colors what I mean by this is that his art is definitely easily labeled as graphically computerized with an absence of background colors and perspective as he brings us through what appears to be a crash of a space station in one of his pieces on his website. When talking in terms of the graphic quality of his pieces, is Baij more inclined to use more or less believable graphics? Would he rather design the first Mario game or a hyper-realistic sports game that my generation has come to appreciate way more than the latter?


I like how whimsical some of Baij’s work comes of to me. It seems like his art is bordering a line between a hobby and a profession, which in my opinion is a good thing. For one, there seems to be less pressure on art put out through as a hobby or recreation which in turn makes it easier to pick it up and drop it off which makes the view-ability of the art significantly greater the when just browsing around in a gallery. He also most likely has more fun with his art in that realm. One final question I had for Jeff Baij has to do with his approach to art in terms of his emotions and the timescale in which it is produced. What emotions do you feel when you’re in the process of making a piece and how do these emotions relate to the emotions you feel when you approach your piece in its finished state hanging up in a gallery or buried in your studio somewhere?

Soth For President

By on March 16, 2012 Comments Off on Soth For President

Alec Soth has a keen eye for his subjects. If he is taking picture of an empty apartment or lovers in a naked embrace, the majority of the compositions of Soth’s pictures are molded in a way to easily identify the main subjects of the photograph while the the background is a great supporting cast. Soth accomplishes this awesome balance by playing a lot with lighting and color. I’m guessing he also uses a multitude of minute filters to get the colors to jump off either an actual or digital print.


The ordinary scenes by Soth are very powerful images such as the hidden man holding an ice cone and cigar combo to the beautifully lit-up and sadly empty gas station with a gas station lurking in its midst. Soth’s choice to really shine a light on the commonalities of life today sets him apart from other artists trying to find a million dollar shot. Soth’s art grounds us as he reminds us of both the commonalities of life as well as giving a new way to view those commonalities through the lens of his camera. Another interesting perspective that I discovered about Soth’s portraits of people is their expressions of solemnness. His subjects for the most part are completely drained of any facial expression. Is Soth trying to show another commonalities of life not being easy through these portraits? Only thing left to do now is email him and ask!


By on March 15, 2012 Comments Off on Contact!

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