Thursday, May 7, 2015

Artist Talk: Joel Swanson

Joel Swanson is an artist that primarily practices with digital media, sculptures, and interactive design projects.  His main focus throughout his work was implementing linguistic and literary theory.  His work practices the linguistic materials and thematics of various parts of written language.  However, some works are better than others, and although I respect his attempts at practicing one continuous theme throughout his work, I find a lot of his work to be somewhat bland.
His piece, "Lady Gaga's Twitter Feed, Translated into Morse Code", is an exceptional use of digital media and quite an interesting idea comparing and contrasting two completely different styles of communication.  While Twitter is referencing our use of modern day communication, he correlates it with morse which has been around for many years.  However, in my opinion, once you look past the surface meaning of the comparing new communications versus old communications, I find this work to lack any real meaning.  A lot of his work is extremely heavy handed towards his obvious theme toward language, and there's no way around it.  Maybe that's the beauty of his work that some people might love and desire, however, considering most all of his work only has a surface level meaning, I don't necessarily find it intriguing.

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