Matthew Ritchie

March 28th, 2010

A British Artist who specializes in instillations that combines sculptures, paintings, and drawings. he received a BFA from the Camberwell School of Art. He scans his drawing into the computer and manipulates them and reshapes them to fit his general theme of the ever expanding universe.

I think his work is fascinating.  It has a lot to do with line, and the work envelops the space. The work is powerful and very strong.

Jeff Baij

March 28th, 2010

This guy just plays around with photoshop and calls it fine art. he uses videos, images, movable images with .gif, I guess. I could not find any personal information about him on his website or any other. In fact when you google him one of the first things that comes up is a umw blog.  there doesn’t seem to be an underlying message to his art, or even a purpose. Like krist or andy? I recognized one of the guys as Andy Kaufman but not the other. The whole thing feels like an internet quiz and I guess he could be an important artist if he has been doing this since the 70’s or 80s but I have no information on the guy and the fact is that its not ground breaking now.

I'm a Graphic Designer. Who the fuck are U?

I think I’m out of a job…

March 27th, 2010

Alec Soth

March 15th, 2010

An american Photographer who takes color photographs of the american midwest, cleating a rich history of folk lore with his shots. The photographs are so vastly different from the next. Some are set up like an awkward family photograph, intimate moments between couples and others are vast, beautiful landscapes. its like Soth is trying to get a survey on the town he is focusing on to find out what american life is really like.

The work reminds me of Annie Leibovitz except for Soth is all over the place. Its like he doesn’t know if he is trying to tell his audience that “this is sadly beautiful,” or “this is the real america,” or ‘this is a photo spread on depressed stagnant people.” i did enjoy the work but not together as a whole. I guess I just felt a disconnect on the story he was trying to tell.

Self portrait

March 15th, 2010

Duane Michals

March 15th, 2010

An american Photographer who received his B.A. at the University of Denver. Michals usually uses black and white photography and with a description or story under the photograph. The work can reference literature, can express a profound sadness or can be amusing and light.

his work reminds me of cindy sherman in the cinema-esce set up. I like the contrast with the black and white. I also feel like these stories are deeply personal to the artist and that makes me want to look further.

Robin Rhodes

March 15th, 2010

Robin Rhodes is a south african artist who is based in Germany.  He recieved a fine arts degree at Technikon Witwatersrand in Johannesburg South Africa  and completed a postgraduate program at the South African School of Film, Television and Dramatic Art in Johannesburg. Rhodes’ work consist of 2 dimensional chalk/charcoal/ paint drawings then takes pictures of the drawings after placing himself or another person inframe.

The work is understated simple and exciting. the work is universal; can happen on the streets of New York, Johannesburg or even Fredericksburg. the work crosses so many lines between photography performance and drawing.

Belinda Haikes

March 8th, 2010

Belinda Haikes works in drawing, printmaking, animation, and video.  She is currently a PhD candidate in the Media and Text program at VCU and also is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Digital Design Program at the University of North Carolina at Greesboro. Since she is still a student her work still is growing and hasn’t found one medium that she will only look at.

her website is so much fun! Everything that Haikes works on is so different that you can get so much out of her website.  I love the work “20 friends I wish I had,” (which is a real group on Facebook). I can relate to this, often wishing taht I knew or was friends with people from history. Its like taking the idea, who (dead or alive ) would you like to have dinner with. also love her books, like the “Body Book,” which is fun and creative. again rosemary, kudos for making it on Haikes website under links.

Jordan Tate

March 7th, 2010

Jordan Tate received a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2003 from Miami University in  Oxford, OH and a Master of Fine Arts in 2007 from Indiana University. He has received the Fulbright award in 2008. Tate’s work is known for his photographs and installations which can be both serious and funny.

I cannot talk about Jordan Tate without thinking of A Contemporary Dictionary of Sexual Euphemisms. I looked at this book in photography class and the pictures and definitions were hilarious, tongue and cheek and extreamly informative. I noticed from his cv he works on vague paper, which we looked at earlier in the semester with Ian Whitmore. Oh and way to go rosemary, you made it into Tate’s links on his blog.

Anne Massoni

March 7th, 2010

Anne Massoni  graduated from both Connecticut College and her masters from Ohio University. She currently teaches photography at Monmouth University in New Jersey. Massoni’s work is, “the act of remembering is what currently drives the work.  To visually navigate the stories… to remember stories that may not exist, to imagine stories not yet told.”

I think the work is fascinating, especially when she layers photos from her past, specifically the series Wanting.Out is beautiful and disturbing. It is referring to her endometriosis that runs in her family- and she layers photographs of her mother, grandmother and herself. Other work isn’t done as well but I give her major points for her original ideas.