- San Francisco artist Brian Goggin is about to give Francis Alys a run for his money. He plans to have huskies, manpower, and “potentially musk oxen” haul a ginormous chunk of 100,000 year-old ice from Greenland to Manhattan. We should all think of global warming when he does this so his plight to make people more aware of the problem will be achieved. Once the ice arrives in New York, it will be placed in a “custom-designed high-tech reliquary filled with sub-zero glycol solution to keep the ice chilled, weighing in at 4000 pounds altogether.” And of course, no monolith ice block installation is complete unless it’s surrounded by laser beams. Seems not all of the details have been worked out yet (like how much it will weigh, how to ship it without fuel-burning motors, or how exactly he plans to preserve this thing for 488 years) but hey, it’s for the environment!
- Graphological painter Cy Twombly passed away on Tuesday at age 83. Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith give their appraisals.
- To add to a long list of conceptual one-liners and jokey paraphernalia, Tauba Auerbach published a hard-cover Bible, in which each letter is literally reorganized into the alphabet. Here’s an excerpt:
- Not a bad idea, but it doesn’t offer much beyond the initial ha ha.
- Greg Borenstein has launched a Kickstarter campaign to “bring the magic of animated gifs into the physical world.” This means using a laser to cut through some unidentified material and mounting the cut-outs on a lazy-susan. The spinning frames create a perceived animation. A contraption like this is commonly known as a zoetrope, though for the purposes of this campaign, Borenstein has rebranded his zoetrope with the catchy title of “Physical GIF.” Though their stock selection is weak, prominent gif artists Ryder Ripps, Nullsleep, Sara Ludy (an AFC IMG MGMT artist), and Sterling Crispin have been commissioned to make editions.
- Another version of the coffee table GIF worth consideration: framed, a monolithic, wi-fi flatscreen computer meant to display digital media works. You can buy artworks from the framed store, and artists can upload work. I guess the commodification of digital media works is inevitable, but this reminds me of an exotic fish tank at a sushi restaurant. Should the solution to displaying and selling digital media culminate in a replication of really bad painting?
- Attempts to make monkeys cuter are absolutely horrifying.