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Gif… Jeff… Baij.

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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.

Simply in Motion

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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.

Empty Pockets

A still from "Empty Pockets"

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.

Board

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.

Happiness Is A Warm…

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Artist Pipilotti Rist will stand out as not only the first video artist I have looked at thus far — but mainly because her videos are so strange and otherworldly. Every part of her works are worth paying attention to…and are hard not to.

She uses a variety of techniques, from different views (like monochrome or fish eye) to changing speeds, and even warping colors… Rist does it and grabs your attention. Most of her subject matter is centered around women, the concept of gender, sexuality, and freedom. Her work embodies happiness with its bright palate of colors and trance-like audio.

Open My Glade

a screenshot from "Open My Glade"

At first, I was really disturbed by her works. The first that threw me for a loop was I’m Not The Girl Who Misses Much, probably because the video felt like a loop, repeating the same phrase over and over and over…. I was really confused by the end of the video. I didn’t quite understand what she was trying to get across, or why I should take note of the video. But the video did lead me to the lyrics of the song “Happiness is a Warm Gun” which sent me on a wild goose chase for a deeper meaning. Needless to say, the piece had me intrigued.

Pour Your Body Out

showing of "Pour Your Body Out" by Pipilotti Rist

As I came across Rist’s more colorful works, I had begun to like her stuff. For example, in her feature length film, Pepperminta, the eponymous heroine is much like Rist herself. She is described as “an anarchist of the imagination.” And like Pipilotti Rist, Pepperminta wishes to bring the rest of the world the amazing colors that she sees. This gave me a great introduction to her other pieces… like Ever is Over All, and Pour Your Body Out. These give a natural, easy-going vibe, mesmerizing viewers with the psychedelic color trips and earthy undertones. One of the crazy but coolest displays I’ve ever seen has got to be the Open My Glade showing in Time Square. Instead of being held back by the screen, Rist literally tries to force her message through it.

And after looking, I understand why I’ve never seen work like Pipilotti Rist’s – because there’s never been anyone like her. Her methods seem pretty eccentric, but the work and the way she shows it is phenomenal.

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Behind the Photo

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Matt Siber, digital artist and photographer, takes his work to the street…taking the every day and casting it in a new light. He work makes an interesting statement about society and its advertising tactics. Most of his projects are about how our culture responds to the way these messages are delivered – be it automated billboards, signs, or even the product itself. He uses photo altering techniques to change the way the product is shown. For example, his Floating Signs project was very fun to look at, and emphasized how supernatural these huge logos are, hanging stories above us.

"Jesus" from Floating Logos by Matt Siber

"Jesus" from Floating Logos by Matt Siber

His work is very different and intriguing, but for most of his works, I wasn’t interested until after reading the artist statement. When first looking at the photos, I wasn’t really impressed, but then I’d read the project info, and go back to see how it changed my view of the installation. His messages made a huge difference in my outlook, because without them, I felt like I was viewing regular snapshots. Like for instance, his Untitled Project. The special part about these photos is the words that are displayed next to them. Just looking at the picture would make you think it was a regular photograph.

"Untitled #1" from The Untitled Project by Matt Siber

But the more I think about it, the more I think that’s how the work is supposed to feel – like nothing’s special. Siber’s focus is so subtle, that I never pay attention until it’s pointed out. For example, his “Compare To… Products” project. They were just photos of different things found in a grocery store, really. That is, until Siber’s statement made me notice all the generic brands emulate the popular brands.

Siber’s art is interesting once you figure out the story behind it. At first, you’re wondering why the picture is special, but then you learn the reasoning and it really makes you think.

Digital Cloud

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Art, as we all know, is in a variety of forms. One of the coolest things about digital art is that we can combine all these different forms in a surprising and interesting way. Cory Arcangel is another artist that does exactly that. His work often gives an unusual look at the way technology and our society coincide. What’s cool about Arcangel is that he often uses software and hacks to create his art, rather than more traditional means.

One of his more popular projects are from his video game collections. With 8-bit music and an NES hack, Arcangel recreated the classic Super Mario Bros. to make a 15-minute movie. This short film was… bizarre to say the least. For a while, I was depressed watching it. Then I was weirded out. I suppose Arcangel was questioning life, but it still was strange to look at. It did make me question some things, though… like how temporary everything is…

But my favorite part is Arcangel’s method. The fact that he uses software to create the different works is really interesting. I can identify with videogame hacks, so it was neat to see unique takes on the games. Arcangel uses his computer as more than just a tool for his art, it’s basically his medium. I like that about his art, that the technology and nerd culture comes through so well.

Super Mario Clouds by Cory Arcangel

Road… in Texture

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