"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
Technology has strongly influenced how art can be made and presented. Jeff Koons utilizes both new technologies and more traditional methods to make his art. In his Art21 segment, Koons is shown employing computers, fabrication methods, and teams of painters to create his work. Watch Koons's segment and discuss the ways that technology impacts different methods for creating art.
How has technology changed both the ways that art can be made and who makes it? What new tools, equipment, and methods are artists using, that integrate technology into their processes?
Recount the steps involved in the process of making one of Koons's paintings. What technologies and innovations are utilized to create a finished work?
How does Koons's painting process differ from the process of ten years ago? Of one hundred years ago? Of one thousand years ago?
Design a contemporary toy inspired by a famous work from art history.