Roger Sayre

Roger Sayre uses light as a medium in installation art and photography. In one of his projects, titled “Aesop’s Dog”, Sayre hangs dog desirable items such as bones, toys and biscuits to a chain link fence. This piece hangs from a gallery cieling. When a light is perfectly placed, an image of a dog is projected behind the piece. Is it just me, or does this dog have a longing look in his eyes? 

In another project titled, “Flight Series”, Sayre makes paper airplanes on photo paper in a dark room. He then exposes the paper to light very briefly and later unfolds the paper to create images such as the one you see below. 

I think Roger Sayre’s manipulation of light is very cool. While looking through his projects, I was thinking about the use of shadow in every day life and how our eyes use shadows to interpret what we see. I was also thinking about how creative the “Flight Series” project was. I have never worked in a darkroom myself but after seeing those images and reading about how a darkroom works would really like to get into one someday.

Matt Siber

Matt Siber has quite a few different projects on his website. While they are all impressive, the project that really struck me is ironically called “The Untitled Project.” In this, Matt Siber takes photos of everyday urban scenes and removes all text from the photo. Logos, signs and brands are all extracted onto a white screen directly to the right of the photo. Siber leaves the words where they would have been on the original photo. Another twist in the project is that he does this with photos from North America, Europe and China.  In his description of the project, Siber emphasizes alternative forms of communication other than traditional text, such as logos and how these ideas become publicly accepted.

I looked through the North American photos first. I showed my friends and we all talked about how strange the world looked without letters. The signs we recognize as always having letters, like directional sides on a road, look awfully bare. Still, it was clear that with or without the letters, a McDonald’s sign is recognizable. Next, I looked at Siber’s take on a textless China. Something very interesting happened- I didn’t notice the text was missing. Every picture looked like it was an original. I noticed that Chinese advertisements  have a bigger focus on images than text. The European pictures were somewhere in the middle of looking very strange (like the North American ones) and very normal (like the Chinese ones). It seemed as if the longer I looked and more familiar I became with the textless pictures of any country, they became less bizarre. Siber made a statement about society’s more modern ways of communicating through this project.We become so accustomed to seeing signs accompanied by certain words that even when those words are removed, the signs mean something to us.

Untitled #14, Matt Siber

What are digital approaches to fine art?

Honestly, I don’t know very much about digital approaches to fine art yet. On the second day of class, I can only respond with my best guess. It sounds like art and technology can come together to make some pretty neat stuff.
I came in with a pretty limited view of what digital approaches to fine art could be but now I see that it goes way beyond computers. Obviously computers are a huge part but there are so many other tools to help add to what is considered digital art. The word digital incorporates the use of many technologies. We were told we’d be working in Photoshop this semester-actually being on the computer, learning through creating, in order to make a final product. Another example is a 3D printer, which is something that was totally off my radar until the first day of class. Digital art can be a lot of things. I especially think of photographs.

I’m starting to realize that digital art is everywhere. It’s in the magazines I flip through while I’m waiting for my shift at work to be over. It’s on the back of the cereal box I stare at over breakfast. It’s the cover of the textbook I loathe. 

Then again, I could be completely wrong. I’d like to answer this again at the end of the semester and see how my answer changes. I know there is much more to discover in this class more than I could ever imagine.