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Ryan Seslow is one of the biggest GIF nerds I know. He is a fan of quantity, saying in his artist statement, “GIF making gives me the feeling and excitement of an infinite creative potential. That feeling is a ton of power, ideas never cease, they just keep flowing. I stay out of my own way and keep making things. We can always make edits and judge what is quality later.”
Unsurprisingly, his Giphy page is a little uneven, but there’s enough work there that a viewer can find something that appeals. I liked the GIF above because it combines the assemble line-like movement of spray paint cans and static nintendo clouds to make an op art-esque GIF. Given the resurgence of Op Art in the art world, and interest in the genre within the GIF community, Seslow’s GIF seems particularly timely.
The New York Times might be behind the times on a lot of things, but its art department is doing a great job commissioning editorial images. This Peter Burr’s GIF of adjoining heads quite abstractly sums up a story about media tailored to our own tastes. Another illustration by my friend Armando Veve beautifully complements an image of a baby’s life saved by heart surgery.
And they chose well again in Peter Burr’s treadmill-of-lenses GIF, which accompanies letters responding to Bill Keller’s column “Living With the Surveillance State“. It works for the story, but it also works on its own.