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Artist Robin Rhode

Robin Rhode is a South African Artist, who currently works out of Berlin Germany. He primarily works in traditional material like paint, charcoal, and chalk. However, this work is usually made for performance, or made to be photographed. Once completed, he interacts with it in some way. Much of his work is done in public spaces and is large scale. He travels back to his home in South Africa often to complete such pieces. Some of his work is very playful. His work also plays tribute to times in history like the Bauhaus.

I love the sense of playfulness to his work and the interactivity as well. While the concept isn’t new, he executes the work in a way that really intrigues the viewer. The piece below is a clip from the animation called Piano Chair. I love the quality of the brushstroke on the side of the wall. It’s really just beautiful.

Robin Rhode, Piano Chair

Artist Jon Gitelson

Jon Gitelson has a fascination with everyday objects. However, in his process, he transforms them to extraordinary things. Some of his work seems to be inspired by found objects… a “to do” list, a child’s spelling quiz, or even a person. Other works deal with commonplace events of the everyday like a commute to work. He is also very playful in his presentation, very tongue and cheek. He works primarily in photography with some being juxtaposed with text. He also creates video art. He received a BA in literature and and photography from Marlboro College in VT and an MFA from Columbia College  in Chicago. Here is a link to his website:

I think his work his fascinating. And I really haven’t seen in a piece in completing this research that I didn’t like. I really enjoy the thought process that goes in to each piece and the elements of research. His method of presentation for each piece works very well in conjunction with message, too. Many of his pieces are also humorous. The photo below is an excerpt out of his book If I had a Girlfriend… There is also a piece called Staring Contest in which two TVs are set up across from each other with a person on each staring at the other. The blinks are edited out, and it’s played on a loop. And I find something so simplistic and funny about the piece. In general, I really enjoy art that makes me think and makes me smile and his work definitely does both.

Artist Jenny Holzer

Jenny Holzer is an American conceptual artist. Her work showcases strong feminist ideals. When she moved to Manhattan in 1976, she began working with language, installation and public art. She worked on large scale public works, billboards, advertisements, and even projections on buildings. Later in her career, she also began working in LED lights. Text was a big part of her work. In the beginning she would make up her own text and later in her life she began using other peoples words and phrases. Much of the text she uses is explicit. She is inspired by “clean, simple variations” of minimalist aesthetics in artist like Donald Judd, Mark Roth, and Morris Louis. A few of her sayings that she has used in her pieces are:
“A man can’t know what it’s like to be a mother”
“Don’t place too much trust in experts”

I understand her work, and while I agree it does make a statement she’s not my new favorite artist. What I do enjoy about her work is the use of text. She is very effective with the use of the text, and I think the size makes all the difference. She is making a big statement with those projections and using very “big” language to make it.