Posts Tagged ‘films’

Artist of the moment………Photographer Ralph Steiner



Ralph Steiner was a fantastic American photographer renown for his photography. Ralph Steiner was born in Cleveland, Ohio in the year 1899. Steiner was also a filmmaker and produced works that dealt with water reflections, simple machines, and things most people mast pass by without examining closer.

Steiner attended Dartmouth College where he studied chemistry. After this he found work with a local master photogravure who was based out of Ohio.

Steiner briefly worked in Hollywood, but did not enjoy it and returned to focusing on his growing freelance photography business.

In this clip we view a short from a longer work by Steiner that shows up close views of mechanical objects. The movie was made in the year 1930:

Steiner passed away in 1986 at the age of 87.

Price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $25,000.

What I enjoy most about this artist is his use of shadows. Before the days of photoshop and home editing every thing must have been placed perfectly. In all of his still life arrangements the cast shadows are almost as much fun to look at as the subjects!



Artist of the moment….Christian Marclay

Christian Marclay is a truly talented artist born in San Rafael, California in the year 1955. I hope you take the time to watch at some of the clips in this entry as Marclay is a photographer, painter, collage artist specializing in using cut up records  and skilled in the audio and visual arts as well. His most famous works are assemblages of film and audio segments. His mother was American and father Swiss so he spent most of childhood educated in Switzerland.

In some collages you see in the gallery they are made from used and cut up record albums.

For his artistic studies Marclay attended at the Ecole Supiere d’Art Visuel in Geneva, Switzerland. He then went onto the Massachusetts College of Art located in Boston, and Cooper Union College of New York City.

For his audio art although his actions took place at the same time, supposedly his work was not influenced by the rap and hip hop movement of the 1970s and 1980s. He looks like an old school DJ here as he mixes some tunes for us to enjoy. He liked to look at these as sound collages. Back when he started a band and were short a percussion player he started to use records as a substitute.

A fan of the Fluxus movement. This movement took place in the 1960s and 1970s and artists looked to combine different media in their output. Marclay uses this idea in his filmwork and his audio work. He has stated before as an audio artist he enjoys collecting used records and sometimes splits them in half and reassembles the record so it plays with the skip and all.

In this movie we see hollywood greats from Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwick, and Tom Selleck  all wait with impatience and nervousness wait for or place a phone call. A great insight into phone use in movies from the 1920s to present day. The film was made in 1995.

His most famous video collage is titled Clocks. In 2011 at the Venice Biennale he won the award for best artist for this work. This work consists of clips and segments from movies that have to do with clocks. The film lasts 24 hours and played to stand out audiences. The film was made to last 24 hours but this is just a short clip.

Works out of New York City and London, England.

I hope you take some time to explore more installation artists. The internet does a much better job at explaining their work than even the best art critic or a magazine article.

price range information: Sorry none available.

If you enjoy this artist I sure you would like the Italian artist Mimmo Rotella. An example of his style is below a subject he featured often, Marilyn Monroe.