I used “Stephen Wilson: Intersections of Art, Science, Technology, & Culture” to find three artists that interested me. Upon further research I decided to choose Ken Feingold, Daniel Miller, and Daniel Rozin.
Ken Feingold did a lot of work with dummy’s and heads that talked. Much of the work I viewed was creepy and very different but also intriguing. The piece title “You” done in 2004 explores the argumentative relationship between male and female using two heads that are programmed to argue, makeup, and argue again. Each argument is different for each new person that comes to view the piece. The piece challenges viewers to think about people who are in similar relationships as these dummy’s where they can never quite escape. The piece is made from silicon, fiberglass, steel, software, electronics, and computers as well as a few other elements that form the setting.
Daniel Miller did a lot of work with viewing large scale issues we face in the world we live in and put them in a very small environment. My favorite of these works was “Safe Harbour” which uses a camera to view the bottom of the Burnham Harbor. The video shows the waste that collects at the bottom of the harbor due to careless tossing of waste. Most of it comes from Chicago Bears fans. A boat is made out of waste collected from the harbor and hung from the ceiling. Beneath it is a video projection of the underwater waste.
Daniel Rozin is an artist who currently works in New York. He is an artist as well as an educator and developer. As an artist he works to maintain a focus around the viewer within his pieces. He is an Associate Art Professor at ITP, Tish School Of The Arts where he teaches classes in digital design.
Circles Mirror: http://www.smoothware.com/danny/circlesmirror.html
Daniel Rozin’s work particularly interested me because he meshed the ideas of digital creations with materials that many humans come into contact with often. One piece that I was particularly interested in was “Circles Mirror” done in 2005. It is one of his many works of art that has a reflective feature that allows the audience to essentially become the artwork. This piece uses digitally printed circles with patterns, 900 motors, a video camera, control electronics, and a computer. It is a sculpture that uses these items to create a mirror image of the person standing in front of it. The circles move to expose dark and light features of the subject matter in front of it. Twelve patterns of black to white gradation were first randomly placed on the board and the shift of the motors move the circles to mirror the subject in front of it.
Self-Centered Mirror: http://www.smoothware.com/danny/selfcenteredmirror.html
Another piece I found intriguing and funny was “Self-Centered Mirror” which literally does what its name says. The installation done in 2003 is again interactive and part of his work with Glass Sculptures. The piece uses thirty-four vertical panes of mirrors that allow the person standing directly in front of the mirrors to see themselves thirty-four times while anyone else standing next to them is cut out of the frame due to the design of the mirrors and the way they are displayed. On his website he states that, “This piece lifts the last obstacle from in the quest to total narcissism.”
I enjoyed this artist because he has a keen interest in involving the audience with his work and allowing them to decide how the piece will look overall. I was also interested in the fact that the artwork appears different but familiar to each person since they, are essentially the artwork.
More of Daniel Rozin’s work: http://www.smoothware.com/danny/index.html
My Presentation: Daniel Rozin