Paddy’s visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new building prompted a discussion about what makes a good splatter painting; in her slideshow, there’s a so-so drip-and-pour piece by Jackson Pollock. Trying to understand what makes a Pollock a Pollock has prompted any number of artists to try out his technique (for reference, see the Saatchi Art “Inspired by Jackson Pollock” collection). Count Yoshi Sodeoka among them. Though none of his Pollock GIFs look or feel exactly like a Pollock, there’s still that goal of unabated movement, of which a GIF can capture better, and perhaps more so, than a strip of paint.
Yesterday one of our office conversations focused on whether there were any contemporary artists who reuse online imagery, but without altering them. Voila, a loading GIF by Addie Wagenknecht.
I’m an art critic; I don’t often get asked about how I’m working toward revolution. Looking around the city’s museums and galleries, it’s hard to figure out how optically pleasant paintings enact social change. Outside the galleries, there’s activist groups like Occupy Museums or W.A.G.E. that nod to revolution by targeting institutions. Either way, the focus remains on art and art institutions, which can leave the soul feeling empty.
Is it more appropriate to call this the GIF of the Day or the Font of the Day? These are the hard questions we ask ourselves over at the AFC HQ. What you’re looking at are letters that spell out Art F City in Rollin Leonard‘s “Liquid Diet Font.” The font is available in the “meat,” “glitter,” and “Rollin” motifs—above you get a sampling of all three.
Not that anyone asked, but my preference is “glitter,” at least for the AFC logo. I think I speak for everyone here at the blog when I say we’d rather be associated with a party, rather than shiny beef or the uber-creepy distortions of Leonard’s own body. Download the font here.