Today, the students have delivered the 760-plus signatures from the international art community, which includes high-profile names like Anton Vidokle, Catherine Opie, and Martha Rosler, along with a new letter calling for the Dean’s removal, to the USC president, high-ranking staff, and board members.
Back in 2011, when I started interning at Art F City, Paddy was working on the exhibition Graphics Interchange Format for Denison University. Sure, I thought I knew a bit about GIFs, but with the exhibition and its ensuing website, I was thrown into a richly inventive niche culture—and then I realized I was a n00b, and had no idea who most of the artists in the exhibition were. There were, for example, the Spirit Surfers, a “secret society of web-surfing monks.” You’re looking “Blue Willow,” an anonymously posted GIF that comes from their site.
But what is a Spirit Surfer? From the Graphics Interchange Format catalog:
The same year , Kevin Bewersdorf founded Spirit Surfers with Paul Slocum, a group image blog, in which a small number of invited artists post regularly. In contrast to MTAA, a collective that very squarely identifies what they do as art, Bewersdorf considers the posted images neither art nor non-art. But, in a sense the very structure of the Spirit Surfer blog resembles art: all posts are separated into “boons” and “wakes” – or, perhaps, “objects” and “context”. The former are treasures brought back from a day of surfing the net, the latter images, text, or video identifying where the boons come from. Whether or not all posts should be labeled art is, of course, up to Spirit Surfers’s contributors to decide.
We have entered the sticky doldrums of New York in August. But although plenty of galleries are taking it slow this month, artists and institutions are creatively adapting their practices to beloved Summer pastimes—from a cookout at the Abrons Arts Center tomorrow to a nice, refreshing dip (in a mud pit) at The Palms Friday night. But if air conditioning is your thing, head to a cool, dark movie theater on Wednesday night for video art from the likes of Petra Cortright and Fake Injury Party. Unlike most CGI-filled Summer blockbusters, this is a benefit for the Bruce High Quality Foundation University. If all this weeknight relaxation has you ready to head back to the world of galleries by the time the weekend rolls around, check out solo shows from Joshua Caleb Weibley at Transfer and perpetual AFC favorite Jaimie Warren at American Medium. Stay hydrated, New York.
Dezeen’s Pomo Summer is a season-long celebration of one of the most divisive movements in design history. The blog declares: “Love it or hate it, Postmodernism is back in vogue.”
Today, Postmodernism might bring to mind moody theorists and brooding office buildings with cornices, but it wasn’t always so. A lot of Postmodernism was fun! Just look at the Memphis School. Better yet, look at these GIFs inspired by the Memphis School from Tumblr user WHTEBKGRND.
More PoMo after the jump.
The collective behind Brooklyn’s Transmitter gallery has partnered with Guest Spot @ The Reinstitute in Baltimore to present the exhibition Self-Organized — Aesthetics Politics of the Artist Run. The show ambitiously offers a cross-section of work by twenty-nine artists who have co-founded or directed art spaces or publications in New York, Baltimore, Latin America, Holland, and beyond.