This week we recommend Jane Corrigan at Kerry Schuss, Stephen Shore at 303 Gallery and more.
Yesterday, Paddy Johnson posted a rebuttal to the “GIF Free For All” awards, which I officially distributed last week. Johnson took it upon herself to redistribute awards to Giselle Zatonyl’s wavy purple blob, and to Rollin Leonard, for the “bravery” she identified in his decision to attach his face to a jiggling molecule.
This is madness. Leonard attaches his face to everything.
And as long as we’re choosing second place winners, Andrew Benson’s “Okjusthavingafatday” CLEARLY makes the cut. (The GIF was featured in my original post, but Mr. Andrew never received an official award). An inflatable character blowing up and slimming down as though on a neverending treadmill of fatness.
And how could Johnson overlook the scintillating shifts in color in Adam Ferriss’s “Shapen”, a moving moiré painting which changes based on the movement of your mouse? Did Johnson fail to notice the tension between the use of rigid moiré to create an organic bacteria-like fluid? Had my colleague adhered to the bullet points expressly laid out in the original post, this success would have been properly recognized.
Art Basel put together curated Kickstarter page for a bunch of non-profits, and the New York Times leads their story with the line: “One of the world’s most prominent art fairs is hoping to garner support for nonprofit art organizations by lending them some street cred.”
There are so many problems with the project and the coverage, it’s hard to know where to begin.
Last week Whitney Kimball gave out the official AFC Awards for the GIF Free for All, a show curated by A. Bill Miller. Well, I’m sorry to say, but those awards were all wrong. That purple blob from the land of Star Wars deserts you’re looking at is a number one GIF in my book, but where were our accolades for Giselle Zatonyl when they were needed? Nowhere. Ms. Giselle, I’m sorry we failed you.
My runner up for this prize also did not make Whitney’s list. *shakes head* Let me tell you all who deserves this award: Rollin Leonard. Why? Because he put his face on a jiggling molecule (or rain droplet – we’re not sure which) and that takes real courage. Mr. Rollin, I recognize your bravery and salute you in this post. Please accept my runner’s up prize.