Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Georg Nees: Artist Post


Throughout the post, Georg Nees' work was the most interesting to me. He pioneered computer art by programming various software to create patterns. His work, Untitled (Gravel Stones), is representative of the experimentation he did throughout the 1960s. This work is considered one of the first digital art/computer art pieces because it was created at a time in which computers were seldom understood.

The repetition of the blocks and the disjointed image it becomes near the bottom indicates the inner mechanisms of digital life. I believe that this art is groundbreaking because of when it was created. Much like Marcel Duchamp's work, it was created very early on in the digital age. According to the text, "The confluence of computer art with the mainstream could hardly be more timely-- it offers not radical confrontation, but the opportunity for new discourse and enthusiasm." (75)

Nees' artwork is interesting because of the way it was constructed--through a computer software program in the 1960s. Additionally, the amount of simplicity in it is what attracts me to it. The beauty and intention of the art shines through by the

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Mitchell Davis: Artist Post


Mitchell Davis is a digital artist from Ohio who was born in 1990. Now based in LA, Mitchell's work has morphed towards incorporating the California landscapes. His art focuses on the dichotomy between technology and the way humans interact with it. Most importantly, he posts mixed media videos with glitches and various manipulations to film. He posts his videos on YouTube (youtube.com/LiveLavaLive) and has garnered a large audience from his alternative art style. 

His video, 

A Gradual Difference In Value Unbeknownst & Seemingly Meaningless, functions to demonstrate different gradients and the distorted pixels. His work is interesting due to the large range of video ideas he tackles and various digital prints. Although sometimes dabbling in painting and more traditional artistic mediums, Mitchell's work is largely computed based.


Mitchell's work resonates with me on various levels because I've been watching his videos for over 6 years. He started creating art when he was 18 and now he is going to be 25 later in the year. Having seen the majority of his work, almost all of his videos, and meeting him when I was 17, his work and attitude has influenced me greatly. This work in particular is stunning due to its length (10 hours total) and the music accompaniment in it.  Mitchell himself described the work with: 

"I've been wanting to do an art video for sometime now involving gradients. Something that would show you in a very simple form one thing changing into another. I wanted these changes (like hair growing) to happen very slowly, almost to the point where you're not sure if it has moved. So sit back and full screen this. Get lost in the lovely sounds by Andrew Huang. Know that things are always changing around you, even if you don't see it right away and thats okay. You can't stop time!"

Check out his website: http://mmitchelldaviss.net/ to see some more of his art and check out the prints you can buy at http://www.districtlines.com/livelavalive/art



Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Kojo Nnamdi

Before:
After:







I met Kojo Nnamdi and it was too cool! I edited out the really bright hot spots on both of our faces and changed the saturation. This is one of my favorite pictures of all time, so this was fun to mess around with.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Collage


For my collage, I used all of the scans of flowers I could find to make the base. I started with the idea of a garden because there were so many scans of plant life and then it grew from there, using the CD scans people posted to stand-in for clouds.