Cory Archangel is a post-conceptual artist from Brooklyn, New York. He states in an interview with NOWNESS that he tries to “preserve things in culture that have disappeared or bringing digital images back to life.” Most of his inspiration derives from pop culture from the 80s/90s to the present. Archangel is one of the principal artists bringing a tech nerd’s love of gaming and programming into the gallery. Interview Magazine says he is “overthrowing tradition with his pop-futuristic approach to painting—one that embraces Photoshop over oils, Mario Bros.’s backgrounds over pastoral realism, and screens over canvases.”
Super Mario Clouds, one of Archangel’s favorite pieces, is an old Mario Brothers cartridge Archangel modified to erase everything but the clouds in 2002. This is one of his most well-known works, although this wasn’t the first time he had created an animated video game clip. It is nostalgic to me because I grew up playing Super Nintendo games like this one. I find it amazing how he makes this video game hack become a work of art.
Ducati was produced in 2014 to coincide with the Institute of Contemporary Arts’s exhibition of works by Richard Hamilton, the British artist known as the “Father of Pop Art.” Heavily influenced by Hamilton, he produced the print using a plotter, a type of digital printer that was once used primarily for computer-aided design. Arcangel then hand-colored the print with a highlighter. This print closely resembles my personal art style by using black lines and minimal color.
“The subject, a biker riding a Ducati motorcycle,
the apex of high-end Italian design, is a fitting corollary to Hamilton’s fascination with the allure of the speed, efficiency, and glamour of modern technology,” says Artspace.
This digital image was made using Photoshop CS in 2014. Archangel purposely made it because of how simple the outcome would be. His intention was to create something so simple, so easy to make, that no other artist would have even bothered to make it. As a result, Archangel’s usage of Photoshop CS’s gradient tool created this bold print. Although it was not made to evoke any specific emotion, to me, it is two sunsets settling down upon different ocean horizons.