Week 10 Artist – Joseph DeLappe

Joseph DeLappe teaches as a professor at University of Nevada, Reno, in the Art Department and directs the digital media program. He attended City College of San Francisco and received his associates degree in Art in 1983, attended and graduated from San Jose State in 1983 with a B.S. in Graphic Design, continued and received his Masters in Art in Computers in Art and Design, and Fine Arts in Pictorial Arts in 1988 and 1990, respectively.

One of Joseph’s well known projects is called dead-in-Iraq, in which he began in 2006, and the purpose and goal of this project was to type out all the names of America’s military casualties from the war in Iraq into the shooter online recruiting game. Joseph DeLappe has given lectures in many places in the world, and has been on many sources of media, such as CNN, NPR, CBC, and on the radio. He also had another project in which he rode a bicycle to draw a “460-mile long chalk line around the Nellis Air Force Range” to surround an area that could potentially create a solar farm to power the United States.

Joseph DeLappe is still working on projects as of 2014, such as the Drone Project and had an exhibition called the Social Tactics in the Fresno Art Museum. In one of the photos below depicts Ghandi made out of cardboard, and it is part of the Drone Project. Another impressive masterpiece created by Joseph DeLappe is the soldier made out of cardboard, as seen below. I think it’s interesting to combine and incorporate art into online games. A good majority of males enjoy playing video games, online games, and possibly even violent games. However, it’s tragic to hear violence happening in the real world. Joseph DeLappe’s efforts in completing this project is much appreciated, and I think it’s great that he’s willing to make an influence in this way in people who play online games.

 

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