About Our 4D Section
Here is work created within the confines of the four-dimensional world. 4D focuses in upon the concept of time and pieces that play upon the concept of time The artists we have chosen to feature have utilized digital art, animated GIF's, and more to create meaningful pieces of art. Initially you will be provided with the name of the artist, the title of the series or piece, and the medium through which they are expressing themselves.
If the artist has provided a statement, this will be below the name of the piece/medium. Underneath that, you will find thumbnails of all of the works we have chosen from that artist. Click these thumbnails to view the enlarged and complete work.
Title: Slang Signs
Medium: digital art
Artist Statement: Flashing lights, blink blink, telling you where things are, and direct you to your destination. Slang words, fuck you, suck a dick, are you gay or something, are ways we break a person down. We insult them personally, hoping to benefit ourselves and diminish a person for everything they are worth. Together the words represent something much more than just fabricated objects and degrading words. They represent the underlying hate in a physical form. Your pain blinking, shining in your face, allowing you to see that these phrases are just words, and that is all.
Title: Vanitas-Still Life with iMac and Tablet
Medium: digital art
Artist Statement: For this project, I decided to make an appropriation of Vanitas painting, because when I start thinking about what would be the best way to present narrative and appropriation; then came up with the idea of symbolism would approach both. Then I found a painting by Adriaen van Utrecht, Vanitas-Still Life with Bouquet and Skull, 1643. In this painting Vanities means emptiness of earthly possessions, skull means Memento Mori, which means reminding us that we must die, the candle means allude to the passing time, cup or bowl is literal meaning of vanities, emptiness. The sword means arms are no protection against death, flowers mean short-lividness and hence of decay. I used appropriation of old Renaissance painting of still life of the new technology we possess. By exchanging a vise of flower to an iMac, a book into a tablet, a candle to digitalized clock.
I choose to use the iMac to represent ‘hence of decay’, meaning in every one or two years, there are new versions of computer is released and I choose to change the book into tablet because there are many people who reads as eBook instead of paper forms. Also, by adding glitch, I wanted to create the idea of Vanitas as the social media and technology. I think the social media gives the feeling of emptiness after looking over everyone’s life and we tend to forget our life. However, I choose to leave out some original elements to associate with Renaissance ideas of Vanitas. I want the viewer to feel the parallel meaning of Vanitas in Renaissance period and now.
Title: All Work and No Play
Medium: GIF with text
Artist Statement: Some people are morning people some are not. I am not. This short gif captures the struggle of a college student who has to fight with everything in their power to resist sleepiness during their early morning lecture. I chose to re-contextualize this clip from Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' as a little nod to Colorado and tribute to our very own 'Stanley Hotel' of Estes Park. Also, though, Jack’s expression is so priceless, so relatable and restless. Good luck in your 8 a.m. class(es) this semester, my fellow students.
Medium: animated GIF
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