A Trilogy of Repeating Forms

by Paddy Johnson on August 4, 2010 · 5 comments Blurb

I don’t have anything too significant to say about either gif, but that the first, found on Duncan Alexander’s website, reminds me of the David Hasselhoff gif below, much circulated around the net five years ago. It’s wallpaper-like design also reminded me of the handmade paper recently shown at David Zwirner. I realize it’s a bit of stretch to compare a moving cat image to self-referential geometric-shapes on a wall, but I’m doing it anyway.

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Jesse P. Martin August 4, 2010 at 4:24 pm

The fact that “tiling” and “wallpaper” are also terms that refer to computer imaging techniques/formats — and ones that so closely resemble/imitate the Op Art-ish, actual tiled-wallpaper-ness of the Zwirner piece — makes the cat comparison completely valid (it’s not a “stretch” at all).

Actually, one could argue that the animated, tiled cat GIF does a better job referencing Op Art *and* the domestic implications of terms like “tiling” and “wallpaper” — which the Zwirner piece somehow suppresses/sublimates.

The Hoff GIF… beyond words.

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Jesse P. Martin August 4, 2010 at 12:24 pm

The fact that “tiling” and “wallpaper” are also terms that refer to computer imaging techniques/formats — and ones that so closely resemble/imitate the Op Art-ish, actual tiled-wallpaper-ness of the Zwirner piece — makes the cat comparison completely valid (it’s not a “stretch” at all).

Actually, one could argue that the animated, tiled cat GIF does a better job referencing Op Art *and* the domestic implications of terms like “tiling” and “wallpaper” — which the Zwirner piece somehow suppresses/sublimates.

The Hoff GIF… beyond words.

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Stephanie D. Norberg August 17, 2010 at 4:40 pm

speaking of gifs….

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Stephanie D. Norberg August 17, 2010 at 4:40 pm

speaking of gifs….

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Stephanie D. Norberg August 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm

speaking of gifs….

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