Monthly Archives: February 2015

Kelli Connell

Kelli is best described as a contemporary photographer, with a focus on portraits. On her website there is a statement about her work and what she attempts to gain out of her photographs. She uses her self portraits to create a “Double Life” series in which she uses the same model in multiple settings to create a scene that has never occurred.

One of the most interesting things that I found about Kelli and her work was the way she ended her statement: “I am interested in not only what the subject matter says about myself, but also what the viewers response to these images says about their own identities and social constructs.” I believe this quote to be very significant because through her work she is not only expressing herself, but teaching her audience about themselves.

Below is a 2002 piece titled “Car Talk”, which I found to be one of my favorite pictures from her early work. This picture seems like an actual scene because all of the placement is so real. For example, if you look at the right hand on the car door, it looks like it is actually touching the shirt of the person driving.

Her images are very representational of the everyday things that occur in our lives. The twist on Kelli’s work is HOW she makes you think about those everyday things, with the use of specific scenes or poses. She uses her photographs to address issues that we may not normally feel comfortable with, or try to ignore. The picture below, titled “Reverie” I thought was a great example of Kelli expressing her view of societal norms. It seems to me that she attempted to show the difference between what a man should dress like verses what a women should dress like. When in fact, it is the same person.

Evan Roth

This 36 year old digital artist is American born, but currently in Paris. He has a degree in architecture from the University of Maryland. He is known for the use of technologies that came from hackers to create new visual art in various forms. He creates prints, sculptures, websites, and videos by using the work hacker communities have created and applying it to digital and non-digital systems.

The work on Roth’s website I found to be very versatile. He displays a modern pop culture outlook through the majority of his work. I found his tagline for his website to be very intriguing as well, “BAD ASS MOTHER FUCKER”.

The first image that caught my attention was the Internet Cache Self Portrait series. This series consists of multiple images that are collected from everyday internet usage. Each image within this series is unique to a specific date from which the data was collected. This work reminded me of the Color Wheel I previously discussed by Jason Savalon.

The Graffiti Analysis, sculpture series I also found to be very well displayed. There are videos in the series that show Roth in the physical act of tracing graffiti that he ultimately makes 3D. Below is my favorite work, and the most recent addiction to the series.

There is a huge variety of work that is associated with Roth. There is a vimeo video titled TSA Communications, which I found to be very funny and creative. We all know how annoying and sometimes unnecessary the TSA at airports can be, but for Roth to stand up to them in this manner was very “badass”.

Jason Salavon

This contemporary artist has expanded original work by using his computer skills to reconfigure and recreate art. He has studied and worked with many aspects of art, mostly related to video art and programming. The two most essential tools that he uses for this reconfiguration involve the overlay of images or the distribution of processed media side by side/in different configurations.

Below is a video in which Jason Salavon explains his use of data to formulate art. He discusses some of his work, the “Titanic” which included the use of cultural and modern data, as well as his “Data Mural” which used statistical data.

The above image, <Color> Wheel (2012) is part of the 2013 collection, Control. This image is one of 5 images that were created by data on different web searches in order to represent the ROYGBV color scheme.

Above is his work City (Westward), 2008 that shows the city of Chicago, but with Jason’s own flavor. He used different computer softwares to add lines and colors in order to cause you to rethink the image.

I think his work of art is very interesting and unique. Had I not watched the youtube video posted above I wouldn’t have given him very much credit. He has used his own software development and found very unique ways of displaying it to the world. I think that the City (Westward) image is beyond open to interpretation. The original picture isn’t even necessary to see because this one allows you to think of Chicago in whichever way your eyes desire.

Christian Marclay

This 60 year old multimedia artist began his career in a similar manner as both Nam June Paik and Cory Arcangel. He has spent over 30 years focusing on various aspects of art and the concept of transforming music and sounds into physical form. He is a California native that grew up in Switzerland and currently lives in London, where he has numerous exhibitions to be proud of. This past month the “White Cube” displayed a major solo exhibition of Marclay’s work.

This video explains one of Marclay’s most famous artworks. “The Clock” is an artwork that debuted at the “White Cube” in 2010 and has been sold to numerous art museums because of its memorizing abilities on the viewers.

This piece of work I found to be the most unique. He took “real time” and made something more attractive out of it. This work also won the Golden Lion in 2011 because it was recognized as a very unique piece of work.

Marclay’s work is seen on an everyday basis, but his style is his ability to make something more of it. The fact that he has been around for so many years makes it easier to appreciate his growth as a multimedia artist.

All I need is 1 TOOL

For my first tool I simply focused on using the Text tool. I did research on this tool before, but this was my opportunity to really engage in the tool and make my own original work. I played around with both the Vertical and Horizontal text tools and I made a “Hello/Hi” board using different fonts, sizes, colors to border the picture. For the center Hello and Hi’s I used the different focuses and even made my font in the shape of a fish, which I found to be very cool. I also thought it was necessary to make the background black because the lettering and colors look that much cooler.



The second tool I used was the Eraser tool. I used this tool on an image that I thought I could do a lot with. Everything shown in my new image was used by different erasers. I added things onto the photo that were just different eraser marks, but I thought most of them looked as if they fit into the picture. I then used a colored eraser to make the sky which included a sun and clouds while making the picture seem as if it was a zoomed in version of the horizon.

The Original Picture

  The Original Picture

The Eraser Tool

The Eraser Tool

The last tool that I used was the Gradient tool. I found this tool to be the most difficult to understand of the 3 tools I chose, but also the most interesting. I played around with this tool for a while, but it took time to understand what exactly the lines were doing when I dragged them. After using the top tools and different colors I thought that this picture showed the most emotion and was the most interesting.