Jenny Holzer

Jenny Holzer is a conceptual artist who received her MFA from RISD. She is extremely famous for her contributions to commentary based art which focuses on themes of power, individual identity, and public space. Holzer is incredibly significant in the art world for presenting text based art, and narrative based art, which goes against the general form in which pieces are presented. Her super famous Truisms have been presented in a number of ways, but I particularly enjoy her 1984 sign, which presents them in the form of a rolling LED sign, of the kind that they have in the windows … Continue reading Jenny Holzer

R. Luke DuBois

Roger Luke DuBois is an artist who works in the fields of performance and composition, as well as a variety of visual media. In music, he has collaborated with artists like Elliot Sharp and Bora Yoon. He is also a programmer focusing on the development of Cycling 74’s Max/MSP/Jitter visual synthesis interface. One of his recent pieces is Circus Sarasota, which played back generative “video portraits” of performers from the Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota. The audio on this video is really nice too, and was composed by DuBois. Vertical Music is a video piece involving 12 musicians in which they … Continue reading R. Luke DuBois

Matt Siber

Matt Siber is an artist whose work deals with capitalism, consumerism, and American product-driven ideologies. He is well known for his photography editing which displaces well known logos in the air (which normally float over gas stations or stores) as if they are signs from “the heavens” This is from his BIllboard Vinyls series, which moves his billboard advertisements to a gallery space. In a way, this makes the viewer consider advertising as art, and the viewing process (in a gallery vs. in the “wild”). This piece Burger King, is really interesting in its perspective, in the way that the logos … Continue reading Matt Siber

Evan Roth

Evan Roth is a multidisciplinary artist/Bad Ass Mother Fucker currently living in Paris. His work is in a number of galleries such as MoMA and The Tate Gallery. Much of his work is also available online, fitting with his aesthetic as a digital artist/ public domain provocateur. The first piece I saw by Roth that I really enjoyed was J. Dilla Memorial: The Legacy Lives On This piece is a timer counting down how long it will be until J. Dilla’s music is in the public domain (70 Years after his death). SInce this work references another artist who utilized … Continue reading Evan Roth

Jason Salavon

Jason Salavon was born in 1970, and got his MFA at SAIC in Chicago. His work deals with the parallels between art and technology, information, and culture. He is unique because he writes and programs his own works often, making his art exist parallel to the world of IT or computer science. I was immediately struck by the seriousness of the work that Salavon puts into his pieces, while still being able to critique the things around him, and perhaps pull the “arts” down a notch, closer to the hands of the status quo. An example of this is Golem (Printer), a … Continue reading Jason Salavon

Christian Marclay

Christian Marclay was born in 1955 in California. His work is heavily influenced by the Fluxus artists, as well as noise, pop culture, and punk rock. He has collaborated with some of the most important experimental sound artists of the 20th century, such as John Zorn and Otomo Yoshihide (their collab record Moving Parts is incredible). One of his super cool video pieces is Video Quartet from 2002, which links up Hollywood films that feature music, and synchronizes the idea of composition, culture, and sound. Like many of Marclay’s pieces, it is overwhelming, loud, brash, funny, but quite sophisticated when closely … Continue reading Christian Marclay