This isn’t the first time we’ve featured Sam Rolfes’ GIFs, and I doubt it will be the last. This time, the GIFs come from “Color Separated”, a music video made for Swedish electrofunk producer Beem. The piece was created by ripping apart the digital detritus from previous art works on his computer and reusing them here. The results are beautiful.
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.
For her “Further Abstract” series, Alma Alloro drafted a series of lines and shapes on grid paper, then turned those shapes into GIFs that spin, dart, and roll around. These GIFs move in ways the human hand can’t. And for Alloro, the works are about contradiction. In her own words:
This subject works meticulously for hours and hours on a seemingly pointless mission. This meticulous process is contradicted by the extremely short duration of the animation itself.
Fresh to the Internet today, Faith Holland unleashed a load of images that signify something other than what they are. Rockets are never just rockets when they are visual orgasms. At least, that’s what rockets have come to portray in the minds of little boys and men. All erectile projectiles and cock rockets—prepare for liftoff to Planet Pussy.
Meh. None of that rocket-erection stuff sounds very sexy to me. Semiotic play—now that’s sexy.
Philippe Blanchard’s show at Glendon Gallery (York University, Toronto) closed Nov 21, but because it comes with these GIFs, it gets a nod here. This work uses computer-controlled sculptures and lighting to create the illusion of movement—those patterns aren’t really moving.
Artprize Exhibitions Director Kevin Buist noted over Twitter last week that if the fairs were any indication, neon is out, op art is in. This work certainly supports that theory.
This Petra Cortright GIF found on giphy reminds me quite a bit of Jennifer Chan’s “Hands Around the World”, which debuted in GIFbites earlier with this year, paired with the Spice Girls song “2 Become 1”. Both offer a mix of beauty and nauseating 1980s consumerist/early Internet optimism. The shine is off the rose in both departments; I see them as sunsets.