Julia Scher

Surveillance Bed, 1994, bed, cameras

Security, 1989, cameras, desk

Superdesk, 1993/2001, cameras, desk

The Water Hole, 2000, wax, gelatin, plexiglass, plastic, crazy glue, wood, chips

American Fibroids, 1996, wires, speakers, table

I chose Julia Scher because of her unique use of play with public vs. private places. She challenged places that are usually private, such as a bedroom and making them public with the use of surveillance cameras. The surveillance cameras create a sense of eeriness and anxiety since the purpose of those cameras are to watch people for their actions. The cameras make people feel like they are being watched while being in a place that is supposed to be comfortable like a bedroom. The contrast of these ideas is extremely interesting because with the changes in contemporary interactions with public private with new ideas such as reality TV, these blurred lines are also being confronted and expressed in contemporary art.






Nina Katchadourian

Six televisions, three pedestals, six-channel video (three synchronized programs and three loops), headphones and benches, 2005

C-prints, each 12.5 x 19 inches, 1996/2008

Concession stand popcorn machine, microphone, laptop with custom-written Morse Code program, printed paper bags, dimensions variable, 2001

Audio for darkened room, 32 minutes, 2001

Digital prints, frames, wood, wallpaper, 2005

Nina Katchadourian was born in CAlifornina in 1968. She received a master of fine arts degree from the University of California, San Diego. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Her work with language tackles issues of translation and mistranslation. In her Talking Popcorn piece, the machine is equipped with a microphone that emits popping sounds that contain, “linguistic meaning.”

Joseph Grigely





St. Cecilia 2007, paper




Bluberry Surprise, 2003, ink and paper


The Information Economy, 1996, mixed media  



White Noise, 2011, paper 

Joseph Grigely was deaf since his childhood and that inspired him in creating his pieces. He had a way of having a conversation with people through his work. Grigely had a habit of writing down all of his thoughts on any pieces of paper he had laying around. With this enormous collection of thoughts on pieces of paper he decided to use them in his installations. In his installations, Grigely would install a large selection of his  writings and thoughts onto a wall or across a large surface in an entire room. The pieces of papers do not have a particular order and the viewer is left to read all of these thoughts, clueless as to how these phrases and thoughts fit together. Although sound has been eliminated from the room, the feeling of verbal flow and the intimacy of humans interacting is still present. It is a feeling of being overwhelmed in terms of conversation and the abundance of words. 

Gillian Wearing

Gillian Wearing

Gillian Wearing

Gillian Wearing


Gillian Wearing

Gillian Wearing

All images are photos of the project, written on large pieces of paper with a marker. I chose this artist because I enjoyed seeing the thoughts of random people on the streets, sometimes they would be funny and extremely random- other times you could feel the person’s pain through their words written and their facial expression. There was a tribute done to this project where fans of the artist would post their own thoughts, and although the thoughts were probably more thought out before the person took the picture- it was still a modern form of the project and it was neat to see how thoughts and the people in the pictures have changed.  “A great deal of my work is about questioning handed-down truths” The title of the work itself Signs that say what you want them to say and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say contributes to the meaning behind the project. I chose images that may have taken me by surprise, such as the business dressed man saying he is desperate- which may not be the first thing you would think when looking at a successful (looking) person.

Magdalena Jetelová


Gallileo“ Dresdner Bank, Frankfurt a/M






Thorr, 1989/90


Translocation / Pittsburgh


Her work stands somewhere between Land Art, a pure concept, object and architecture. Mystification, confusion of the senses, the challenge of human behavior, even in matters cultural, historical and ecological are imprinted on all projects Magdalene clover.

Magdalena, born in the former Czechoslovakia, is another artist who has looked at connections between place and time in reference to German history. Jetelova’s photographic project Atlantic Wall (1995) examines how enormous concrete bunkers erected by the Nazis along the Atlantic Coast from Norway to Spain during World War 2 have been reduced to crumbling ruins by fifty years of powerful ocean tides. Before photographing, she projected lasers onto the structures to form texts from French philosopher Paul Virilio’s book Bunker Archaeology, encapsulating his views on the significance of the Atlantic Wall fortifications in relation to the history of military technology and space and the use of images and information to affect perception of times.

From Wikipedia and Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980 by Jean robertson and Craig Mcdaniel

Sue Coe

Newshound, 1991, photo-etching on white heavyweight Rives paper

She Can’t Catch Up, 1998, Watercolor


The Veal Skinner, 1991, lithograph

What a Golden Beak! (They Want War), 1999, Aquatint and etching, with hand coloring

Sue Coe, Murder in the Gulf

Murder in the Gulf, 2010, graphite, gouache, watercolor, and oil


Sue Coe is an artist whose works are highly tied to activism.  Her artworks are highly political and controversial, commenting on war, the media, animal rights, and current events, as seen in Murder in the Gulf, which is about the BP oil spill.  Her style is dark and gives a disturbing feel, with a strong and almost violent message.  She grew up next to a slaughterhouse, which is what sparked her animal rights activism and desire to expose the places of animal cruelty, and will often sketch on location (source: http://veganismisthefuture.com/sue-coe-artist-vegan-animal-activist/).

Cornelia Parker

Parker is an English installation artist. Her most famous work Cold Dark Matter was created from a shed she had blown up by the British military, which she suspended the pieces as if it was being blown up. She is intrigued by every day items and how we perceive them. Parkers works have been in exhibitions around the world and she continues to work today.