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Jenny Holzer, a projectionist, writer, and concept artist, uses light to display her work on enormous scales. Working mostly with text, she basically casts the literary creation onto a large expanse of surface, allowing viewers to read the message. The material is either original, or excerpted from another writer. The goal behind her work is to inspire and brighten someone’s day with typography taken to the extreme.

I personally like her work a lot. Her messages speak volumes, even though they are silently displayed. The way she exhibits them is amazing. The fact that the “canvas” is above and beyond a normal canvas grabs the attention of the audience, and give them an opportunity to be part of a phenomenal moment in history. How often do you see words stretched across a building? How many times can you say you read a passage off the surface of the ocean?

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And not only is her presentation unique, but so is the fact that her work relies so heavily on text. Usually art takes on a more graphic approach, usually finding a way to convey a message without words. Textual art does away with this and takes a literary approach. I like that she’s one of the first typographers we’ve looked at. Compare her work to that of Matt Siber. His photos play on words as well, but not in the same way. His message involved the elimination of text, while Holzer’s work is focused on the inclusion of it. Her canvas is already a work of art… the world around us. Holzer creatively adds in clever and deep messages.

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The sheer scale of Holzer’s work is impressive, but one of my favorites of hers is one of her most popular. Instead of huge proportions, Truisms is notable for its variety. In random places, she leaves interesting phrases and ideas that are open for interpretation. Many are fascinating because they’re truths I hadn’t noticed before. For example, “Fear is the greatest incapacitator.” Every letter of the alphabet has its own set of sayings… and every saying is insightful.

Here’s the current full list of Holzer’s Truisms…. and below is a video of one of her installations.

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Jeff Baij is a unique type of artist. He creates .gif files, anofd organizes collections of audio files or gif images to create psychedelic patterns and interesting concepts. Most of his works are bizarre compilations, for example, index of /party is a directory of sound clips and small pictures labeled keys. He goes across the web and finds different, random things, and puts them together for viewers to scroll through.

His work reminds me of Cory Arcangel, and the way he gathers tidibits from around the internet, and the idea behind the collection is the art. His website is like using StumbleUpon, everything feels spontaneous. His projects are eye-catching and colorful, while fueled by ideas, repetition, and obscurity.

Personally, his unorthodox style was interesting. Some things confused me, like the Can my software distinguish friends from foes?, while others were really interesting finds, like everythingUstand4. Baij’s work is very busy, colorful, and sporadic. I think his art is purely experimental, and it’s great that he tries and shares everything, even his practice works. It was fun viewing his work and the sheer variety makes Baij’s work captivating.

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Robin Rhode is a performance artist, digital animator, and photographer. Through his contemporary style and clever pieces, he addresses today’s culture, social issues, and daily life in an original, entertaining way.

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Concrete is often his canvas, and his subjects are recognizable, and drawn out simply in chalk, charcoal, or paint. But what sets Rhode apart from other street artists is the way he interacts with his work. He uses the drawings to convey a different action, like playing basketball… getting on a bike….  tossing dice… the list goes on. He often takes individual shots, connecting them into a short film, or displays the sequence in panels. He has also performed live at exhibits, at times with his custom-made chalk/charcoal shoes. He even creates the work on site, drawing on the gallery wall itself.


A few shots from "Board"

I really enjoyed looking at Rhode’s work, it was fresh, imaginative, and down to earth. He expanded beyond the traditional by using the ordinary to create the extraordinary. It was like watching art magic… I love the way a simple two dimensional drawing could just pop off the pavement. One of my personal favorites is “Board”, where Rhode catches furniture falling from the sky. Watching it in motion is a delight, and the illusion inspires me to experiment with different methods and techniques.

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