30

Apr

by Jacob

Robin Rhodes

Sun Up

Four pictures combined to make one, each picture has a hand holding a knife in a different position and a line drawn so that when all four are combined they make a circle.  The knife seems to start out clean in the top right hand corner and progressively get dirty ending with the picture in the bottom right corner.

This picture caught my eye because it is hands drawing a circle with a knife, more interestingly is that it is in red.  This simple and clean picture still gives off an aura of some violence due to the knife getting dirtier and the lines color being red.

Duane Michals

He stood there in the Shadows

There is a half naked man standing behind what looks like a sheet of plastic that can be seen through and is watching a female standing in the light.  The man seems to have an intrigued look upon his face and the woman doesn’t seem to notice that he is watching her.  It would also look as though the man wants to hold the female judging by the way his hands are positioned.

The reason I found this picture appealing is that it is both disturbing that a half naked man is watching this woman but it could also be romantic if they know each other and he is trying to hold her.  The expressions on their faces are impressive and the writing at the bottom gives the picture a Gothic feel to the whole thing.

Alec Soth

The Last Days of W

This picture is from a series called The Last Days of W.  The stairs are surrounded with debris and the room is a very bland color.

The view of the stairs in the center with the debris gives it a post apocalyptic feel of everything which goes with the name of the series.  The blandness in color gives it a simplistic post apocalyptic aura.


30

Apr

by Jacob

Anne Massoni

Traces XVII

A post card with a nostalgic photograph placed over top of it.  Rustic feel kind of appearance to the whole piece.  The writings on the card are rather hard to read but the ones that can be read give the impression that of antiquity.

This picture gives off an eerie feel to it all thanks to the rustic appearance if it.   The words on it add to this effect also, what drew me to this picture actually was the feel of it.  The family pictured makes it really creepy even though there is nothing creepy about a family, that is one of the things this picture successfully does it makes something not eerie be eerie.

Jordan Tate

Baby Fresh

This is a rather large baby posed in front of a sunrise wrapped in a blanket.  The blanket is possibly falling apart into pixels and the baby clearly has no face.  The baby appears to have a majestic aura.

This picture stood out from all the others to me because it is a giant baby without a face.  This picture is both adorable and frightening at the same time.  I wasn’t entirely sure what to think when I saw this but I couldn’t stop looking at it.

Belinda Haikes

Misplaced Landscape

A white silhouette of a tree and some grass is placed over a landscape.  The landscape itself is blurry and the tree is rather sharp.

This picture came from a series and the whole series caught my eye due to the fact that the whole series consisted of landscapes.  The whole series was called Misplaced Landscapes yet all the silhouettes are of trees.

7

Apr

by Jacob

17

Mar

by Jacob

24

Feb

by Jacob

14

Feb

by Jacob

Person with Guitar Red by John Baldessari

John Baldessari’s picture is of a musician playing a guitar in an all white suit.  The guitar is red and the background is black.  Other than the fact that the guitar is a bright red and stands out from the rest of the picture I was attracted to this picture because I am also a guitarist and liked how the color used to cover the guitar isn’t a completely random color, it flows with the picture.  The red color of the guitar gives the picture as a whole a sense of passion and the guitarist’s position adds to the emotion of the picture.

Fan City by Vito Acconci

This sculpture looks kind of like the Sydney Opera House from a certain angle with a statue of a man standing in the center of it.  It looks like it was made with garden fans, this would explain the name “Fan City”.  When I looked at this picture I was drawn in quickly by its appearance not because it looks like a city, because I don’t think it does, but because it looks like it could be some old architecture  for a building of great importance.  If I had to guess I would say that the artist is influenced by ancient architecture, and if so they do a great job of portraying it in this construction.  The man like figure standing in the center also gives me a feeling of pride and power like someone who is in charge.

Park Bench Collaboration by Nina Sobell and Emily Hartzell

This collaboration is a video project of the artists at work and was made viewable to the general public.  As explained at the website this would effect how their artwork came out by having their senses effected by people viewing them.  More recently the viewers are able to make sound and hear sound as well as view in color.  I thought this was pretty interesting because a lot of people who appreciate art wish to see it being made and this project exactly what some people have been asking for.  This certainly does break the boundary of privacy by allowing people to see the artists every move but it is still interesting to see what kind of art this could allow to be made.

8

Feb

by Jacob

Chicago 2008

Chicago 2008 - Jenny Holzer

There is a large building in the center of the piece with a body of water in front of it.  The words “IS THERE THEN A WORLD WHERE I RULE ABSOLUTELY ON FATE? A TIME I BIND WITH CHAINS OF SIGNS? AN EXISTENCE BECOME ENDLESS AT MY BIDDING?” cover the center part of the building.  Some of the lights are turned on in the building and the picture seems to have been taken at night.

My first reaction to this picture is that it was at night and the words gave the building an emotionally dark feel to the whole composition, which helps to connect with it better.  The words on the building may be hinting at some corruption in high important figures, which is more strongly shown with the already dark feel of the composition.  The perfect balance is also something that jumped out at me when I look at the picture, it made me think of an organized system with strict rules to be followed which clearly goes along with the words on the building.

Pipilotti Rist - Ever is Over All

Pipilotti Rist - Ever is Over All

There is a path that has a green picture at the end of it that kind of looks like plants in a field.  In the foreground of the composition is a pile of bricks and ruble even though the roof is not made of bricks and the floor looks generally clean everywhere else.  There are lights on one side of the path which give it a feel like it is an underground tunnel.

I was drawn to this picture mainly because it looked like it was underground and appeared to use a simple happy picture at the end of the tunnel to give the composition a feel that seems bright from one point of view and dark from the other.  This double meaning created in the picture is interesting and allows for the picture to draw in a variety of viewers.  The bricks seemed normal at first but after looking at the picture more I realized that the floor was clean and the roof didn’t match the materials in the pile and thus I became confused as to why the bricks are in a pile there.  However the bricks do give the picture a sense of destruction which if the picture at the end of the tunnel is of plants this sense of destruction contrasts with the sense of birth and creation.

Cory Arcangel - Golden Ticket

Cory Arcangel - Golden Ticket

The picture is of a simple chocolate bar in very plain wrapping with the words “FRIEZ ART FAIR”.  A portion of the chocolate bar is revealed and has a golden ticket on top of the candy bar.

First looking at the picture it is clear that Willy Wonka was inspiration to the artist simply because of the golden ticket.  This is generally a simple picture which is what makes it appealing to viewers because there isn’t a whole lot going on in the piece.

1

Feb

by Jacob

2 Hours, 11/13/04

2 Hours, 11/13/04

The photograph that Mark Klett is of a pocket watch with no hour, minute or second hand.  When I first looked at the picture something about it attracted me to it.  It is a simple photograph that uses dark colors to give it a mysterious feel, at least for me it does.  I especially like how simple it is and that the name of it is “2 Hours, 11/13/04”

Jacob Schwartz, b. 1928, Sofiendorf, Czechoslovakia

Jacob Schwartz, b. 1928, Sofiendorf, Czechoslovakia

A lot of Jeffrey Wolin’s work caught my attention but this one in particular seemed to jump out at me more than any of the others.  The lack of color, the words on the wall and the shadow cast in from the window all work together to make this a dramatic picture and that is what drew me in.  The emotion on the man’s face keeps me looking at the photo and the way he sits in the chair go really nicely with the mood that the surrounding objects create.

27

Jan

by Jacob

Ring Scanogram

By getting rid of the support structure of Logos in the in photographs Matt Siber makes the Logos themselves appear as though they are floating.  The project was broken up in to two series, one and two, and in series one the photos are taken at an angle so not to include the ground and give more emphasis on the logo itself.  IN series two the photos are taken at a different angle to include the ground in the pictures to see the logo with interaction of other land objects.

This project caught my eye almost immediately, it was because I saw a floating Denny’s sign but it seemed really interesting.  Before reading the statement at the bottom  I wasn’t entirely sure what the photographer was trying to say with this project but then I saw that they were going for a feel of something supernatural or out of this world.  As an advertisement type of thing I believe this would be good for attracting business just because of the curiosity of how the logos are floating.

Denny's Floating Logo

Denny's Floating Logo