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Anne Spalter is an artist and professor at RISD who tries to use her work as a means to integrate technology and art. Her art educational background is in painting, and she equates her pieces, which consist of several layers of video stills, to "action painting." Spalter spends a great deal of time collecting images from specific locations, often large cities such as Las Vegas, New York, and Dubai, then combining and manipulating the elements of several images into a single piece. Through her work, Spalter examines the concept of industrial landscapes in digital and traditional mediums.
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I find Spalter's artwork to be very original and relatable. I love that she equates her process with the more traditional art medium of painting, and I think her attempts to connect art and technology are successful. Her pieces show an obvious mastery in both fields, and her combinations of the two feel natural, yet still innovative. Spalter also creates video art, which I feel is slightly less successful than her stills. I think what makes her still images so powerful is the integration of familiar, recognizable objects with abstracted digital techniques. This allows the viewer to connect with the piece, and simultaneously appreciate Spalter's technical mastery. However, I felt her video works were harder to relate to for the average viewer. Perhaps the integration of sound in these videos could remedy this.
Overall, I think Anne Spalter's art is very successful, and her combination of traditional and new media is impressive. Her commentary on the modern industrial landscape is also very relevant and poignant in our modern society.