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.


Cory Arcangel

This New York native was known for many different forms of media ranging from drawing, music, video, performance art, and video gaming modification. Arcangel (36) graduated with a BM from Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2000. He currently has a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. In the year 2002 he created the Super Mario Clouds which was a combination of both his music and coding knowledge. This piece (pictured below), is currently his most famous work and a representation of his knowledge on Photoshop gradients and video gaming technology.


Nam June Paik

The Korean-American artist, Nam June Paik is known to be the founder of video art. During the time when videos were starting to be a part of our daily lives, Paik took it to the next step. He participated in media arts history with his transformation of an electronic moving image into an artist’s medium. The moving image has become the center of our visual culture and many artists have expanded their work because of him.

Paik is well known for his use of the word “super highway” when applied to telecommunications. His actual work the “Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii” in 1995 was placed in the Lincoln Gallery of the  Smithsonion American Art Museum to depict our (American) obsession with TV, moving objects, and bright shiny things. A lot of Paik’s work orbited the world as many artists chose to follow his lead and expand on his work.

Paik also spent a lot of time making robots using TV sets, which I found to be very interesting. This to me was one of the more unique factors of his work and the picture below seemed very representational of what his work began with.

This Robot made from TV sets is a minimal example of Paik’s work, but it circulates his criticism of our daily obsessions and it shows that we as humans allow objects such as TV sets to make us act like robots. His work attempted to demonstrate the various ways in which video art can be depicted and interpreted. This opened the gates for other artists to make their own interpretations of work using any video form that they wanted.


Digital Art

What is Digital Art?

Digital Art is the use of computer generated programs to create a work of art. This form of art allows for people to use their creativity in a different way, by the use of computer programs previously created by other people. People can then express themselves and share their art virally for anyone else on the computer world to admire. This form of art is one that stems away from the art in physical format and allows the mind to explore different ideas.

These are three examples of Digital Art that are aesthetic to me.