Artist: Cory Arcangel

Cory Arcangel is a post-conceptual artist who is known for works of appropriation consisting of video game modifications, Photoshop effects, and kinetic sculptures.

The first impression I had about Arcangel was that he was relaxed and genuine. Instead of a polished portfolio, he has an approachable, welcoming website. The ‘About’ page lists his favorite bands, influences, and ‘friends’. It reminds me of a blog, or even a Myspace profile. All that’s missing is a song that automatically plays when the page loads.

The screen setups remind me of Nam June Paik, while his guitar compilation of Paganini’s Caprice No. 5 makes me think of Rashaad Newsome’s The Conductor. I notice that a lot of his work uses Photoshop’s color gradients and some pieces have a rippling “lake” effect.

I find Arcangel’s work mischievous yet relevant. A lot of his titles sound sarcastic and I get a borderline old-school digital culture vibe. Arcangel captures the essence of mainstream media trends, yet there are still of aspects of his work that remain unfamiliar and mysterious.

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