Monthly Archives: March 2015

Oliver Laric

Laric is a 30 year old who was born in Austria, but has spent the last 5 years of his life living in Berlin. He is known for his interest in the “original” which he has applied to various pieces of art, such as sculptures and videos.

One of my favorite works by Laric was the “Sun Tzu Janus” sculpture pictured below. I found everything about the color, design choice and size appealing to the eye. On the website for this piece there are 10 quotes that I think explain his reasoning for this work very well.

Laric has a piece of art that is titled “Versions” in which he tells a story through pictures and building different sculptures while making a connection between old and new. The 2012 Versions is the one that I watched and found very difficult to understand. I understood what the story was saying and that it was being retold, but the purpose of it was very confusing. The idea behind his “versions” work revolves around taking historical art and essentially remixing it into present day art forms and creations. I think this is a cool concept, but some of his work is difficult to appreciate because of the similarity it has to art that is centuries old and not as prevalent in modern day art. Below is the video of his 2012 Version.

 

Jenny Holzer

This 64 year-old is a conceptual artist that currently resides in New York. One of her major focuses as an artist is to find new ways to make narrative and commentary be a part of visual objects, particularly in public space. As an artist she is mostly known for large-scale public displays, including billboard advertisements, projections on buildings or other architectural structures, and electronic displays.

When you click on her website you are exposed to projections that she has displayed around the world. One of my favorite examples of these projections is found in the Florence 1996 folder. I found this one to be very eye catching and since I’ve been to Florence before I knew exactly where it was. The words “YOU ARE MY OWN” are not only powerful, but connect to Holzer’s goal in expressing herself as an artist.

Another unique work of art by Holzer was her LED signs. The choice of words she uses in her art are very appealing to the public eye. These short phrases are called “Truisms” which are either slogans, or short phrases to express her message. The example below is simple and appealing to the eye, but the words carry so much meaning.

R. Luke DuBois

DuBois is classified as a composer, artist and performer, but he has a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University. He has taught a variety of artists worldwide, but currently resides in NYC where he is the director of the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.

For his more conceptual artist side, DuBois is known for taking various American culture topics and attempting to raise issue to them. Some topics that he has addressed are information theory, perception of time, canonicity, and gaze.

One of my favorite works is the Circus Sarasota which is a series of portraits of performers that are a part of the Circus Arts Conservatory that is located in Sarasota, Florida. These portraits were taken with high definition cameras and then placed in five high-definition custom screens. The video below is a documentation of this piece.

Another work by DuBois that I found very unique was the one titled A More Perfect Union in which he joined 21 dating websites in attempt to alter the U.S census to base it on socio-cultural identity. I thought this was extremely clever because he used his knowledge of computers to analyze different words that people in certain cities use and created road maps of them. This idea was not only unique, but took him some time to create. The picture below is an example that can be found on the project website.

Matt Siber

With a MFA in Photography from the Columbia College Chicago, this 42 year old has art internationally. He is very well known for his ability to transform basic everyday advertising objects into new pieces of work. He uses his “power of logos” theme in a lot of his projects, such as his Untitled Project series. In the info statement for this series he mentions the desire to remove ALL text from this series and allow for the communication to be found through symbols, colors, architecture, and corporate branding. The picture below, titled Unititled #14, 2003 I found to be extremely clever at expressing his desire for a different form of communication. I liked this picture a lot because it made you think about how much of a necessity we make road signs, especially on highways. The interesting thing about this photograph is also that Siber placed within the picture the exact words he took off.

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Siber also did a project that focused on floating logos. I found this work to be extremely original because not only is it unrealistic, but all of the photographs in this project were very common and easy to imagine. The pictures below are two examples of his Floating Logos project, one from each series.

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In the description for this project Siber discusses how interested companies and people were in working with him to advertise and promote their companies through his work. He mentions that he found this to be an example of how attached our generation is to photographs and what they can do. The goal of his work was not the advertising of specific places, but more so to elaborate on the influence of photographs.