Chris Milk was born in New York and now resides in Los Angeles creating new and innovative ways to interact with art. He first started his career doing music videos and some photography and later invented and is now CEO of ‘Within’, a virtual reality company as well as the co-founder of “Here be Dragons’, a virtual reality production company. He now focuses on enhancing human connection via emotional connection. Using cross media and multiple mediums to create exposure to true beauty in; physical, digital, and intangible aspects of everyone’s lives.
Milk’s work is super intriguing, we’ve looked at quite a few artists in this course, but I don’t think any of them come this close to using today’s technology in order to create something entirely new and generate a new perspective on human interaction and art as a whole. It’s crazy to think that if you’ve ever interacted with or played VR you’ve had a chance of using something that his company created and intended for that exact use. You become the art.
Bilal is an American artist, born in Iraq Bilal’s work explores tensions between the cultural spaces he occupies. Such as his comfortable living in the USA and his conflicts that he faces in his home country of Iraq. He wants to bring these conflicts into light and provide awareness for those who might not otherwise be effected by something of this magnitude.
I think Bilal’s work is extremely effective and impactful at that, he does a superb job of narrowing down the message and making it very clear and easy for the audience to understand. He also puts a unique spin on almost all of his work which attracts viewers and creates a different, more attractive artwork.
Rist is a swiss contemporary artist who deals mostly with video art. Creating and most known for her vibrant colors and focus on the female body (mainly her own). She often uses certain camera techniques and forms to sell a message of social critique or commentary. She has said before; “In the same way I want to create spaces for video art that rethink the very nature of the medium itself. I want to discover new ways of configuring the world, both the world outside and the world within.”
I think Rists work is nothing to overlook and the messages she gives are often very clear and she does a great job of portraying them clearly and concisely. You can immediately tell her work is siding with the female body and a message to go along with it every time she makes a film. Her colors I would say are traditionally over saturated, but with the style she uses, the vibrance fits quite well.
Paik was born in North Korea in 1932 and died in 2006. He is known for his work with the alteration of television sets but also dabbles in drawing and multimedia manipulated sculpture and installation work. His modified television sets, in particular, combine the moving image with the free, expressive gesture of abstraction; using brightly colored markers, paints, and other materials, Paik would add expressive layers to the screens. Lion (2005), a monumental assemblage comprising twenty-eight television screens and a hand-painted guardian lion sculpture framed within a wooden arch, displays fast-paced montages of flowers, animals, and fish, as well as footage of lions and Merce Cunningham dancing. Lion is emblematic of Paik’s late style, in which he often reflected upon the many artists and performers who influenced his oeuvre.
I think Paiks work is quite interesting and shows some similarities with a couple other artists on our list. His ability to take older technology and manipulate it in such a way in order to create his desired look is really quite something. He’s had a lot of schooling and been through a lot and often times this shows in the work he puts out.
Evan is an American artist born in Germany, currently working in Paris. His work focuses on visual and conceptual ideas that use certain technologies for something other than what they were made for. He does work in prints, sculptures, videos and website design. His work is sponsored in a few museums including some in New York and Israel. After looking at several of his works he makes it clear that he likes to use the space around him and connect the abstract with the normalized.
I think Evans work is quite exhilarating to look at and he produces some pretty interesting pieces. I also quite enjoy the simplicity of a lot of his work and how clean looking it is, he puts tremendous stress on the way the final project looks and what is being portrayed and thus when it comes out, it’s extremely powerful.
Murrata is an interesting artist because of his ability to take what he knows with glitch effect and other common errors and pioneer them into his own digital work. With video and CGI being his prioritized work he has come to create some pretty fantastic things. Born in 1974 and currently lives in the USA doing more CGI work. As well as having his art featured in a few gallaries.
I think Muratas work is definitely something new for me. I hadn’t put much thought into the things that I would normally consider broken, being used to create an actual feeling. His video/CGI work is also super intriguing, there’s a strange twist to it that gives off a creepy or abnormal vibe, but it all works in his favor. Because it customizes his work so much so to the point where it’s almost irreplaceable.
Christian is a talented artist that deals with the fusion of fine art and audio as well as video and sculpture work . Born in California, 1955 and currently works in London and New York putting on exhibits for his work. He first got into this art by using old records that he could then mess with in order to create sound skips and scratches to create new sounds that lead to creativity.
I think Christians work is very creative and how he stumbled upon the idea of using old records to create new sound off of what sound already existed was very clever. His sculptures and video work almost puts you in a trans because of how real it is, but surreal at the same time. He’s able to use the distortion of space and sound to create new perspectives and give the audience something to remain interested in.
Petra was born in California, 1986 and currently works in Los Angeles, California continuing her carrier in digital work be it virtual paintings, GIFS, or even video. She first began on YouTube using the built in tools to mess around and distort her own face and body. She will often times also use existing images on the web or historical pictures and modernize them in her own style. She’s been to many award ceremonies and received tons of recognition for her work and how it projects modern ideas and modern art.
I think Petra’s work is something that definitely shouldn’t be overlooked, some might say that it isn’t traditional enough and that she doesn’t use real paint therefore it’s not a painting, but I think her work puts a whole new meaning to what different types of mediums exist and how they can be used because although her work is all 2D she finds a way to add texture and depth to each of her works that makes it appear as though it were with real paint.
Sugimoto is a photographer that deals with historical and temporal existence. He was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1948 and now lives in New York continuing his work in Seascapes, Theaters, Dioramas, Portraits, Architecture, Colors of Shadow, Conceptual Forms and Lightning Fields. His work is featured in many different countries and art galleries.
I think his work is quite fascinating simply because of how easy its is in most cases to look at and assume a story behind the shot. A large majority of his work in done in black and white and deals with different contrasts and light reflections which is a really interesting way of interpreting light and how different textures and surfaces reflect it. His work brings in easy to relate to images. Things that are in our everyday lives and twists them into something that can be interpreted into a few different visions.
Kelli Connell is a unique photographer that plays both models in most of her photos. She uses Photoshop in post to stitch the images together and create one united photo that portrays the specific emotion shes trying to evoke. Her work is displayed in many art galleries such as Oklahoma, Columbus, Texas and more. The duality of her images is her most compelling aspect.
I think Kellis work is extremely intriguing because of how original the idea seems to be, being the photographer AND not one but BOTH models in the same photos brings a whole new meaning to the word photoshoot. The fact that she is able to nail the specific settings necessary to capture and overlay two photos and make them work is amazing and I think theres a lot to learn about this artist and their work.