Nam June Paik was a Korean American artist. He worked with a variety of media and is considered to be the founder of video art. He is credited with an early usage of the term “electronic super highway” in application to telecommunications. Wikipedia
The Medium Is The Medium – Nam June Paik
Bill Viola: (born 1951) is a contemporary video artist whose artistic expression depends upon electronic, sound, and image technology in New Media. His works focus on the ideas behind fundamental human experiences such as birth, death and aspects of consciousness. Known for Video art, Electronic art, New media art
Steina Vasulka (born Steinunn Briem Bjarnadottir in 1940) and Woody Vasulka (born Bohuslav Vasulka in 1937) are early pioneers of video art, and have been producing work since the early 1960s. The couple met in the early 1960s and moved to New York City in 1965, where they began showing video art at the Whitney Museum and founded The Kitchen in 1971. Steina and Woody both became Guggenheim fellows: Steina in 1976, and Woody in 1979.
Anthony Mccall ( Images ): Born: April 14, 1946 (age 70), St Paul’s Cray, United Kingdom.
Anthony McCall is a British-born New York based artist known for his ‘solid-light’ installations, a series that he began in 1973 with “Line Describing a Cone,” in which a volumetric form composed of projected light slowly evolves in three-dimensional space.
Dan Flavin was an American minimalist artist famous for creating sculptural objects and installations from commercially available fluorescent light fixtures.
François Morellet ( www.francois-morellet.com ): Born: April 30, 1926, Cholet, France Died: May 11, 2016, Cholet, France Period: Conceptual art
François Morellet was a French contemporary painter, sculptor, and light artist. His early work prefigured minimal art and conceptual art, and he played a prominent role in the development of geometrical abstract art.
James Turrell ( Images ) : Born: May 6, 1943 (age 73),California, United States Field: Installation art Period: Land art
James Turrell is an American artist primarily concerned with light and space. Turrell was a MacArthur Fellow in 1984.
“My work is more about your seeing than it is about my seeing, although it is a product of my seeing. I’m also interested in the sense of presence of space; that is space where you feel a presence, almost an entity — that physical feeling and power that space can give.”
LIGHT, OPTICS & OTHER OBJECTS
Julio Le Parc ( www.julioleparc.org ): Born: September 23, 1928 (age 87), Mendoza, Argentina
Julio Le Parc is an Argentina-born artist who focuses on both modern op art and kinetic art. Le Parc attended the School of Fine Arts in Argentina. A founding member of Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visual (GRAV) and award winning artworks, he is a significant figure in Argentinean modern art.
Olafur Eliasson is a Danish-Icelandic artist known for sculptures and large-scale installation art employing elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature to enhance the viewer’s experience. Wikipedia
in 2003, he represented denmark at the 50th venice art biennale with his installation ‘the blind pavilion’. he currently lives and work sin copenhagen and berlin.