Cory Arcangel


Cory Arcangel is a post-conceptual digital media artist who is best known for his video game modifications as well as his modifications to drawing, music, video, and performance art. His works have appeared in exhibits in Switzerland, England, New York and Chicago.

In his work, he tends to re-use existing material and recreates them into new forms of art. For example, in his piece, Super Mario Clouds, it was created by re-purposing obsolete computers from the 70s and 80s. Arcangel’s work explores the relationship between pop culture and digital technology in today’s society. Over time, with the advancement of technology, Arcangel’s work went from simplistic to radiant and lively.  He credits his work to his influences Tiger Woods, Weekend at Bernie’s, and Steve Reich.

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This piece confused me because it’s so simple, I feel like I am missing something behind it. From what I can tell, it is a game plugged into an old tv. Yes, it is impressive that those tvs still exist and work, but I am unsure why this was one of his first monumental pieces.

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This piece was one of my favorites because of the contrast between the colorful and vibrant floor versus the dull and precise panels of the ceiling. I thought it was interesting that the objects on the side of the walls didn’t match the colors on the floor it was next to. I think because of the dull and rustic look of the room, the colors on the floor become bold and the gradient look of them makes it intriguing.

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I liked this piece because it brought together pop culture, which I love, and technology. On the far left, I believe it is a picture of Britney Spears and her two sons at a red carpet event. In the late 90s to present day, Britney has been a popular celebrity and including her in the this piece makes Arcangel hip with the trends.




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