Posts Tagged ‘conceptual artist’

Artist of the moment……Agnes Denes




Agnes Denes is a contemporary conceptual artist renown for her works which have an emphasis on the environment. Agnes Denes was born in Budapest, Hungary in the year 1931.

Denes attended the New School College and Columbia University located in New York City.

The artist has worked and experimented in many mediums including land art, computer art, poetry, music, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Her largest land art work was a two acre field of golden wheat the artist planted in downtown New York City.

Over her career Denes has pubished six books.

Below we view a work by Denes that is a called a living pyramid:

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Below a link to the website of Agnes Denes:

The artist is part of many prestigious collections including the Museum of Modern Art located and the Whitney Museum of New York City.

Denes is a wonderfully talented artist who enjoys plunging into different mediums.



Artist of the moment…….Chris Burden


Chris Burden was an American sculptor, conceptual, and performance artist who got shot and nailed to a car all for art! Chris Burden was born in Boston, Massachusetts in the year 1946.

In one of his best acclaimed series of performance art Chris Burden takes over television. Back in the beginning days of television it didn’t seem a regular person could appear on tube and its 3 channels.

Burden actually bought air time and challenged the idea of local programming. Here are his commercials from the 1970s that actually appeared on tv!:

The artist attended Pomona College located in Claremont, California earning a B.F.A. Burden also attended the University of California at Irvine where he earned a M.F.A. and studied with abstract artist Robert Irwin.

Burden often included architecture and bridges in his artwork.

Burden also enjoyed creating large metropolis cities that were similar to Los Angeles out of model toys and cars.

In this clip we see Chris Burden get shot. The artist grew up during the violent periods of the 1960s and Vietnam war. Here we witness Chris Burden get shot in the left arm by his assistant.:

Chris Burden passed away in May of 2015 at the age of 69.

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Below we catch up with artistic amigo James Kalm. We visit a show featuring Chris Burden and his famous piece titled the Big Wheel from a show that took place in 2013:

Burden was a fascinating artist capable of working in any medium. I enjoy his film works from the 1960s and 1970s the most. With the use of 8mm and 16mm film these works have wonderful home movie feel to them.



Artist of the moment……Mel Chin

Instead of doing my normal gallery, Since Chin is more a conceptual artist more so than just a visual artist, I will give some color on each image in this article. Though he is a conceptual artist, Chin is an excellent draughtsman.

This work was inspired by the many hours spent looking at encyclopedias when he was growing up. He made collages of figures. If you love this type of work check out my favorite collage artist, Peter Clark. Below is a Chin’s style of collage done with encyclopedias.


Mel Chin is wonderful conceptual artist born in Houston, Texas in the year 1951. He was one of six children. He is known for putting art where it usually isn’t. Some examples would be in a landfill or a destroyed home.

In this picture we view a collaboration with Mel Chin, software developers, and rug and carpet patterns. A great mix of old and new technologies I have never seen. Again the artist is hard to classify as he can work in so many mediums, a true artist!


In this clip from the PBS series Art21, we listen to the artist himself talk about his many trips to New Orleans and how he has taken it upon himself to improve the lives of the children of the area. The children were in a tough situation without Katrina. The artist was so overwhelmed with the feeling of  hopelessness he left, but returned a better person with thoughts of how to overcome his problems.The children were growing up in an area deemed by the Environmental Protection Agency to have dangerously high content of lead.

In this work titled SafeHouse, we see a great example of Chin putting art where it isn’t usually seen, an abandoned house.


Here the artist talks about how art can make one feel uncomfortable.

Mel Chin has also worked in academia working as a professor at the University of Georgia, a visiting professor at Stanford, and at Cooper Union, and the University of Michigan.

A link to the website of Mel Chin:

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Artist of the moment….Daniel Buren

Daniel Buren was born in France in the year 1938. Buren is best described as a minimalist artist and he specializes in sculpture and working with fiber optic materials. Buren’s signature style is to take a long vertical rectangular shape and place it with white and one color to enhance the shape of the architecture. The artist had done many public works and this suits his style well. This works are also unique in that each is a site specific installation and Buren will use his stripes to highlight his favorite parts of the structure.


Price range information: The artist has used many mediums and you may find serigraphs ranging from $1000 to $4,000 with lithographs reaching as high as five figures. His most expensive works are acrylics which can reach as high as $500,000. Works in crayon range from $3000 to $5,000. Works in acrylics range from $10,000 to $180,000.

In this clip we see more of the artist’s works set to music by Rip Van Winkle.

For his collegiate studies Buren attended the Ecole National Superior des Metiers d’Art in Paris. He would go on to spend one year living in the Caribbean working for a hotel in St. Croix. Whilst living there he received some commissions to paint frescoes. Also while living here he abandoned traditional painting for good and started to use the vertical stripes for which he has become famous.

Doing some more research on this artist, I have also determined him to be among the first street artists. Lets take a look at another modern street artist/vandal depending on your point of view, another street artist hailing from France, the Invader. My simple definition of a street artist is one who puts his art on public spaces without asking for a commission or fee. The artist donates his or her time in order to improve the community. The Invader took part in a very ambitious idea for his street art placing his Invader characters on many places around the globe from Hollywood to shirt of the French president Jacques Chirac.

The Invader also makes incredible works of art out of Rubik’s cube, then photographs them and sells the photographs. Here is an example of one of these works and you may recognize the celebrity, Jack Nicholson from the Shining.


And here is an example of his street art using the characters from a now vintage arcade game titled Space Invaders. This is the character he used to place on public places that made him famous and gave him his nickname of the the Invader artist.


In this quick clip the street artist the Invader is featured.

I chose to relate a modern day street artist that was born in 1969, to Daniel Buren who started pasting his vertical stripes all over public places in France in 1970. Buren placed his stripes on more than one hundred metro stations throughout Paris. This is the main mode of transportation akin to the New York subway so many people became familiar with his artwork after this. Buren also placed his stripes in Los Angeles, again without permission.

Buren also gained fame for his many photographs, which he calls photo souvenirs of his many ventures around the world. These number more than 400,000 and it gives the viewer a chance to see his many public works. Or you may watch the youtube clip!

Buren formed a group that worked on reducing painting to its most basic forms and shapes, the group went by BMPT.

Buren has also worked for companies such as Hermes, a leading lifestyle manufacturer of items such as leather and other luxury items, helping to design stores and special events.

The artist still lives and works out of France.