Artist: Marco Brambilla

Marco Brambilla is a visual and installation artist famous for his re-contextualizations of well-known and found imagery. He is best known for his Megaplex trilogy and photo-realistic computer simulations of an Apollo launch. Brambilla is considered a pioneer of 3D technology.

His video collages are really impressive. I can’t imagine how much time and thought went into them. I found the gradual ascension from hell to heaven in “Civilization” pretty cool. The beginning scene reminded me of Mordor from The Lord of the Rings.  I found Brambilla’s description of “Ghost” interesting and powerful, as it was a deconstruction of the effects the public eye has on those subjected to its gaze/judgement.

Artist: Evan Roth

Evan Roth is an American artist based in Paris. His work explores the relationship between misuse, empowerment, and the effect that philosophies from hacker communities can have when applied to digital and non-digital systems. He is best known for creating prints, sculptures, videos and websites.

I find his work to resemble that of Jason Salavon. Roth’s hacker-artist philosophy is interesting to me. I understood hacking to be a form of internet deviance, and comparing that to art alters the viewer’s (possibly) negative perception. The titles for his work often compare traditional artforms to digital concepts; phones that “dance”, cached images that are a “nude self portrait”,  etc. Roth’s work sheds light on the interaction between user and technology, reminding us that the relationship we have with the digital world is quite intimate.

Artist: Sara Ludy

Sara Ludy is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work encompasses a variety of formats including photography, 3D, video, animated gifs, sound, digital image making and live performance. She often integrates virtual and physical domestic spaces.  The primary tools she uses are her iPhone and computer.

Like several of the digital artists we’ve covered, this is a woman of many talents. I loved navigating through the images in Low Prim. Rather than sectioning each group of photos via navigation menu, image links led me deeper and deeper into her collection of photographs, which captured a variety of different moments/subjects. It felt like her work was endless. The shapes, settings and forms that she creates range from fluid abstractions to virtual/physical realism.

Sara Ludy, “Blue Cloud Glass,” 2016

I couldn’t add the image here, but I really liked this Garden Gif (2011) from her Pan Gifs collection (2011-2013)

Artist: Takeshi Murata

Takeshi Murata is best known for creating digital art using video and computer animation techniques. From abstract distortion to representational animation, his work explores the possibilities that digital tools provide through the manipulation of color and form.

I really enjoy Murata’s work. Melter 2 reminds me of the paint scene in the film, The Pagemaster. The evolving sounds and colors prevent the viewer from looking away. I find the fluid movement in a lot of the videos soothing to watch. Murata’s dynamic animations blend real with the unreal.

Takeshi Murata, Escape Spirit Videoslime, 2007

Takeshi Murata with Billy Grant, Night Moves, 2012

Artist: Jodie Mack

Jodie Mack is an experimental animator. Her handmade films consist of animated collages made from recycled materials like photo negatives, magazines, and fabrics.

I tend to associate animation with narrative, so I couldn’t help but be mystified by Jodie Mack’s work. She fills the frame with bright colors and patterns that quickly transform. Though fun to watch, the constant motion and flashy patterns were slightly overwhelming at times.

The combination of clippings with noise gives every video a unique, spunky vibe. I’m inspired by her choice of materials. Jodie Mack explores animation outside of a traditionally narrative format, bringing life and energy to conventional objects.

Artist: Pipilotti Rist

Pipilotti Rist is a Swiss visual artist. She studied graphic design, illustration, and photography and is best known for working with video, film and moving images displayed as projections. Her installations feature various textures, forms, and functions of the living universe around us.

Rist’s work is mesmerizing. The lights, floral patterns, highly saturated colors and kaleidoscopic designs are very beautiful to look at. I especially love her installations that encourage viewers to immerse themselves into a completely new setting. The blending of random scenes with recognizable objects captivates the imagination and serves as an enjoyable break from the mundane.

Artist: Jason Salavon

Jason Salavon is an American contemporary artist. He is known for creating visual art out of preexisting media and data, using software that he designed himself. A lot of his work consists of statistical data and overlaying images to form something new.

I love the color schemes in the Golem map. The fact that these paintings technically aren’t made by a human is remarkable. I’m working through an Exploratory Programming book in one of my courses and am expected to produce something by the end of the semester. How cool would it be to create a program that generates art?

There is something really admirable about blending something as seemingly logic-based as computer science / statistics with visual art. I initially wouldn’t assume the two could go hand in hand, but code creates art. Code is art. Salavon’s work explores this concept through his thought-provoking reconfigurations. His work is not just visually appealing; it allows the viewer to draw conclusions about cultural and social history.

Artist: Kelli Connell

Kelli Connell is an American artist. She is best known for her photographs that are digitally altered to depict herself in various relationships and situations.

Connell’s photographs consist of multiple versions of her, portraying intimate scenes that challenge ideas of self and sexuality. The interpersonal relationships she depicts are relatable and thought-provoking. She mentions that she not only reflects on her own ideas of social constructs, but that she is interested in how her images evoke the viewer’s perceptions of them as well.

Kelli Connell’s photographs are fascinating. By taking a domestic situation and using herself as every subject, the significance of the interaction is changed. As I went through her work, I found myself considering my feelings, thoughts, and ideas of myself and my relationships with other people. Her images remind me of popular phrases about self care; “nobody knows you as well as you know yourself”, “you can’t love others until you learn to love yourself”, or “I am my own best friend”.

There is a sense of beauty and power in her images. It feels as though she has allowed me to observe very personal and private pieces of herself through her photographs. Out of all the artists we’ve discussed so far, her work has affected me the most.

Artist: Christian Marclay

Christian Marclay is a Swiss-American artist. He is best known for his exploration of sound, photography, video and film.

A lot of his early work consisted of manipulating turntables and using them as instruments, which was developed independently of but parallel to hip hop’s use of the instrument. Sound is a recurring theme in his art; audio and visual are fused together in multiple ways. Human experience is shaped by the collaboration of our senses. Christian Marclay’s work fascinates me because, in a way, it materializes this concept.

I saw clips of Marclay’s film, The Clock, which is a 24-hour long montage that features scenes from classic films that incorporate a clock. Each clock sighting corresponds to the actual time of day.  This led me to think about how Americans love going to the cinema. If they want to, viewers can sit and spend their entire day watching this film, which isn’t too different from many people’s lifestyles to begin with. I spend a lot of time staring at a screen, whether it be my phone, laptop, or TV.

Artist: Wafaa Bilal

Wafaa Bilal is an Iraqi-born artist who was forced to flee his home country in 1991. He uses this experience to inform his work. Bilal is well known for his performative work and installations, which encourage conversation about international politics and internal dynamics.

I feel very sad while going through his work. I’m ashamed at how uninformed I am about countries the middle east. Bilal uses common misconceptions and ignorance to fuel his art. The letter change in Iraq/Iran helps visualize how interchangeable they appear to be when they are very different countries.

We are privileged, comfortable, and desensitized in the U.S. Deaths are but a number to many. Wafaa Bilal’s work brings attention to his people, giving them a name, an identity, and even a place on his body.  He reminds us that the consequences of oppression last long after the trauma has passed.