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.

Posted in Artist Blog, Digital Approaches to Fine Art

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