Christian Marclay – Sounds Familiar

Christian Marclay is an artist who plays around with the idea of sound, incorporating the concept of sound into his still images through onomatopoeia or musical instruments and devices. The use of sound for some of his works is also found, with some experiments involving piecing together broken records into workable forms that produce a song of stitched-together quality.

My initial reaction upon reading that Marclay produced these collage works was that they were pretty neat. Playing with the concept of sound would be a challenge without falling back on using said sound as emphasis. Marclay managed to pull it off, however, through various techniques. I feel like I cannot fully appreciate some of his works as I am not a music student nor a music buff, seeing as how he uses different pieces of musical equipment as visual puns and references for his artwork. Overall, they were fun to browse, and I enjoyed seeing the different style of collage.

Actions: Fwash Splooch Fwooo Sploosh Shasht (No.1)
2014
Screen print and acrylic on canvas
88 3/4 × 119 5/16 in. (225.5 × 303 cm)
The Red Wine of Youth
2014
Found sheet music, bullseye glass, box frame
12 5/8 × 10 1/8 × 5 1/2 in. (32 × 25.7 × 14 cm)
Guitar Drag
2000
4:3 single
channel video installation with stereo sound
Duration: 14 minutes

Information and pictures taken from
http://whitecube.com/artists/artist/christian_marclay

Kirsten Lepore – Stop-Motion Notion

Kirsten Lepore is a contemporary artist who produces stop-motion animations using differing mediums, such as clay, cloth, paper, and even snow. She primarily works as an animator and gains commissions from companies such as Google, Whole Foods, and Adventure Time to produce stop-motion pieces that bring charming characters to the 3-dimensional world. As well as collaborations and commissions, Lepore also creates original short films, introducing unique materials and concepts into her works.

When I first noticed Lepore’s website, I recognized the look of 3-D materials and was excited to find out that she did stop-motion animation work. Understanding the time and effort it takes to produce a stop-motion piece helps me appreciate the pieces she creates, and leaves me astounded at the materials she chose for some. Bottle was very interesting to watch because I kept thinking about her process to create the figures and poses, and her thoughts behind using sand and snow for each figure.

The Snow and Sand creatures from Bottle
A frame from Bad Jubies, an episode of Adventure Time animated in stop-motion by Kirsten Lepore
A frame from Stunt Nut, a commercial commissioned by Skippy for smooth peanut butter

All information gathered from http://kirstenlepore.com/

Cory Arcangel – Pop, Skip, and a Jump

Cory Arcangel is a contemporary artist who works in multiple mediums, sometimes combining said mediums. His works include music, paintings, and digital productions such as photoshop works and editing to videogame software. Arcangel often includes pop culture icons and images in his work, using them to catch the viewer’s attention and create messages for the viewer to interpret.

While looking through Arcangel’s gallery, I enjoyed the sense of humor that some of the pieces had. There were some pieces that had a serene sense to them, such as a glass of wine and a kitten looking off to the side, then there were those that genuinely made me laugh or smile, such as the fidget spinner titled 3 Celebs Who Treat Their Fans Like Trash. I enjoyed how simple one piece was and how complex the next was, which made me wonder what exactly this artist would come up with next, and I was looking forward to it.


3 Celebs Who Treat Their Fans Like Trash (SRF-047)

Raw Youth

Consumer Information


Images and information gathered from http://www.coryarcangel.com/

Rashaad Newsome – A Collection of Collages

Rashaad Newsome is a contemporary artist who works in various mediums, from sculpture to digital. He creates music videos and sound productions, as well as sculpture and collage installations often paired together. The collages he creates often depict various figures constructed from different objects, creating a new form while still instilling a harmony with the other objects used in the collage.

When I normally think of collages, I imagine scenery where I see an object pasted into a background it doesn’t normally fit, or animals wearing pasted on clothing. I was pleasantly surprised at how well Newsome blended in the various objects used in his collages. You know it’s a collage, and that the different objects came from different sources, but they still seem to fit well together with how they were arranged. It’s inspiring to see full, coherent shapes made from smaller bits cut out of different media.


Letters Patent, 2013, collage in custom antique frame, faux fur, automotive paint, 51 x 44 x 4 IN

#1st Place, 2016, collage in custom frame with leather and automotive paint, 72 ¼ x 72 ¼ x 5

Saints and Centers 5, 2014, collage on paper, 26 x 40 x 3IN

All images and descriptions from https://rashaadnewsome.com/

One-Tool Images

Creating/editing images using only one tool in Photoshop

Edited with the paintbrush tool to add little scribbles.
Edited with the sharpen tool to get a pixel-type effect on the berries and mask-marking.
Edited with the smudge tool to give the flowers a painterly look, and make the “wings” appear feather-like.

David McLeod – Beyond CG

David McLeod is an artist who works quite a bit with CG (computer generated) images to create work that looks 3-dimensional that looks almost life-like. While many have come across CG-produced pieces before, the way that David McLeoud causes the objects to interact in some of his pieces gives the work a sense of surrealism while using a tool that can produce life-like objects. He has had the chance to work with various companies such as Nike and Wacom, which have allowed him to spread his work.

Browsing the works uploaded at http://davidmcleod.com/ I was able to find most of David McLeod’s artwork. At first I recognized that they were CG pieces, then I noticed how they involved several objects interacting with each other in strange ways. The artworks include objects someone could almost recognize, while incorporating contrasting textures that generally people are familiar with, and making the objects collide and interact in ways you wouldn’t expect the textures act normally. It was fun browsing the gallery and wondering at the various objects, because I wanted to grab and hold some of them, even though I knew these were just CG graphics in an artwork.

A piece from the Wacom commission done for the Wacom Cintiq Pro tablets.
“Stock Watches”

Compositions for the IBM Outthink campaign.

Robert Beatty – Feeling a bit nostalgic

Robert Beatty is an artist and musician who creates both album covers and digital pieces with an airbrushed look to them that, when combined with the vibrant colors and abstract shapes and concepts, gives the overall artwork a 70s feel to it. Some of his pieces are limited to a few colors, focusing more on the shapes of the objects and how they interact with each other, while others use vibrant colors that help guide your eyes across the piece. The album covers are treated the same way. Some are very simplistic, with few objects making a great commotion, while others show a busy scene, and keep your eyes wandering around the artwork.

At first I noticed the various objects and neon colors in some of the thumbnails on Robert Beatty’s art website, https://robertbeattyart.com/ , which reminded me of pop-art from the 70s and 80s. Upon closer inspection I noticed what was described as his airbrushing style of digital painting, (described by https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/all-of-the-best-new-psychedelic-album-covers-are-made-by-the-same-guy/2017/01/19/fa489522-d76d-11e6-9a36-1d296534b31e_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.ba4239923b5f in their article about his album covers) which reminded me of older style cartoons and animations with their grainy frames. I wanted to feel a sense of nostalgia since I grew up watching those older style movies even though quite a few of these album covers were made in recent years.


Illustration for the NY Times Tech + Design issue 2017.

Thee Oh Sees “A Weird Exits” album artwork for Castle Face Records.

Design for Roland Kayn “A Little Electronic Milky Way of Sound” 16 CD boxset on Frozen Reeds.