Have you ever wished that John Baldessari could be your art teacher? Well, now that he’s retired from both CalArts and UCLA, that’s not going to happen. But if you’re a teenage girl, the new organization School of Doodle might be able to help out.
If you’ve watched any sort of election in the past decade, you know that political grandstanding has moved to the extremities, mainly in the form of the hand gesture. While you may not agree with their politics, you’ve probably seen Obama’s firm “get the point across” fist wagging, and Michele Bachmann’s wild gesticulations, which may be among the best in Washington.
Today’s GIF of the day comes from “A Glossary of Hand Gestures” by artists Jasmine Johnson and Alice May Williams. In it, a variety of hand gestures are shown in GIF form, each one meant to help an intellectual out in different critical situations like “when explaining hierarchies” or “when making a very fine distinction.” Statements beneath the GIFs describe the gestures in a very straightforward, tongue-in-cheek way, which makes the site seem like flashcards for aspiring intellectuals and politicians. It pokes fun at grandstanding while all the while being silly and slightly biting.
It all started because artist Jenny Drumgoole’s mom wanted Paula Deen to sign her cookbook. So, Drumgoole did the logical thing and joined Paula Deen’s “Real Women of Philadelphia Cream Cheese Recipe Contest,” getting sloshed and making a new recipe video every week for eight weeks, in the hopes of meeting Deen in person. The result: a predatory marketing campaign for cream cheese turned into an awesome, empowering creative adventure for moms and home cooks across the nation. The videos become increasingly unhinged as Drumgoole populates her tutorials with John Rambo, cream cheese busts, New Age-y green-screen sequences, and slo-mo breaks for sexy 80s style hair flips. She even sparked a hair-flipping meme.
The story takes a twist; Drumgoole does, in fact, meet Paula Deen, and it turns out that Deen hadn’t watched a single video. The contestants, however, became friends. Watch the whole saga above; you can watch her recipe videos here.