Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Artist Post #3 Sonya Rapoport

Sonya Rappoport is an American Digital and conceptual artist who was born on October 6, 1923 in Boston Massachusetts. Rappoport chose to attend Massachusetts College of Art. She attended for two years until she branched out to Columbia to study Philosophy. Throughout her art career, Rapport went through several transitions and her art varied significantly. In the late 1940's, Rappoport focused on drawing the human body in an abstracted form. After this in the 1950's, her work shifted to abstract expressionism. From here, Rappoport went into experimenting with charts to form pictorial shapes. After that, Rapport experimented with using computer characters as ways to produce images.

In Rappoports work I find it very interesting how she always tries to use different techniques in order to produce different images in different ways. Also, what originally drove me to her work was her use of computer characters in her artwork. I thought this was very unique especially because of her age. It really shows how creative she is that she is willing to try all sorts of different artistic methods in order to do different kinds of work. Lastly, I really liked how she evolved her artwork from period to period and throughout her life. She was constantly exploring new possible ways to create unique pieces. 

When viewing Rapoports work as though her strengths are also her weakness's. Because she is always evolving, its hard for her to truly master one type of art. Also, its hard for people to be able to put a signature identity on her art pieces. Although i do find her different art pieces interesting and refreshing. I think it would have been nice for her to have found her signature design. Better yet, she could have some how taken her different ideas and pulled them together. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Artist Blog Post #2

Tony Robbin

     Tony Robbin is an American artist born in Washington Dc who specializes in sculpture, paintings and Computer visualization. Tony is considered to be part of the Pattern and Decoration art movement. Tony's first art exhibition was in 1974 at the Whitney Museum of American Art and since then has been in over 25 solo exhibitions and over 100 group exhibitions in 12 countries. One interesting fact about Tony Robbin is that he was granted a patent for the application of Quasicrystal geometry to architecture. Tony has also authored several books about architecture and the 4th dimension in his art. Tony Robbin is mainly known for being a pioneer in the computer visualization of four-dimension geometry. His realtime rotation program for 4 dimensional figures has been widely used for getting an intuitive look at 4 dimensional space.

     The first thing that drew my attention to Tony Robbin's work was the fact that there is so much going on in his images. For example, in the piece above the image just has so many layers, lines, and figures your eyes are continually scanning across the image while finding new and interesting details. Upon further researching Tony Robbins i found out that the reason he is well known is because of this sense of depth and a visualization of a 4th-demention. When i look at his work i see a vast assertion of different shapes and intermingled through a random yet some how still uniformed design. When also looking at how he layers his work its almost as though he is showing that things may appear one way but inside could take on a whole new shape or character. Also it also gives off a sense that even though there are many different shapes and objects, they are still connected one way or another. 

     When looking at Tony Robbin's work its hard to determine what was his thought process or reasoning for what he had created. The whole basis and ideology of his work is so abstract that it is hard to get a general idea for what is going on. The upside to this however is in the fact that since it's so abstract that it leaves a huge window open for anyone to create their own scenarios and stories in their head. In addition, looking at the shapes and lines such as in the pictures above one can create their own symbolism. The one thing i would change if i was Robbins would be to try and create more uniformed use of his shapes and edges in order to create an image that can be seen in a more uniformed way as opposed to seeming as through shapes and lines are just thrown into an image.