This evening, I’m chilling out with this melting wave abstraction by Brandon Blommaert. “Endor Sanctuary Moon” is an alternate version of GIFs Blommaert made for Friends Show, an exhibition at fa-g.org.
Michael: Last Friday night in Baltimore was a scheduling obstacle course. Of the many events we tried to cram into one outing, we ended up sprinting through only a handful. Our evening kicked off with ALLOVERSTREET, a monthly event of simultaneous art openings, performances, and installations
Paddy: Ultimately, we saw some good work, albeit not quite as much as I would have liked. Let it be known that a day in Baltimore is simply not enough time to experience Artscape.
Here at AFC, we have a new tradition: the NSFW GIF of the Hump Day. We outlined this new policy and its logic in our inaugural inappropriate weekly GIF post last Wednesday. Obviously, that link is also NSFW, unless you happen to work in an office as awesome as ours.
Basically, we’re going to keep posting GIFs that some people might find offensive.
This week, we’ve been
recovering from our Artscape hangovers finishing up our Artscape coverage. Of all the freaky shit we saw in Baltimore, one piece in the show Gilding the Lily at the artist-run space Area 405 stopped us in our tracks. It’s an epic, seamlessly-looping 20 minute 3D animation from Jonathan Monaghan titled Escape Pod.
This magical journey follows a golden stag with a baroque anus from birth to the moment he conceives himself (?) by pooping out a cyborg penis to inseminate …something. That something is a giant set of testicles attached to an equally baroque, flying mansion with a minimalist Scandinavian penthouse. The cycle begins again with the baby stag exploring a world of stunning landscapes and duty-free shops that look like the Miami airport.
We were so enthralled by the experience, we asked Monaghan to send us some GIF samples from the feature (which is a masterpiece) as a souvenir.
Those of you brave enough to taste the visual feast that is Escape Pod can do so…
…after the jump.
When art mingles with tech, there can be a rush to mass-market artsy/techy products; in the early days of new tech, those products can sound terribly goofy, and they often aim at self-improvement. Take, for example, from 1969, artist Thomas Tadlock’s “Archetron,” a color synthesizer that turned black-and-white signals on a TV into colorful psychedelic imagery. It ended up being sold as a “prophecy, meditation, and healing machine” at a new age center in New York. That product never really caught on; and we tend to remember Tadlock more for his art contribution than a commercial one.
When I first met Forrest Nash he was wearing khakis. It was June 2009 in Venice, four months before Hyperallergic declared Khaki pant wearers amongst the most powerless—at least in the Lower East Side. I liked Nash immediately. He was smart, had a great eye, and was almost completely lacking in pretension. His knowledge of art was encyclopedic and at that point he’d only been running his blog Contemporary Art Daily for a year.
Contemporary Art Daily (CAD) is a curated website featuring extensive documentation of selected art exhibitions from around the world. There’s no one style the site gravitates towards, but the photographs on the site typically show art deliberately hung and arranged in interiors like gallery and museum spaces and include a range of installation and individual shots of the work.
Now updated 10 times a week and religiously followed by art professionals across the globe, the blog began with Nash in 2008, while he was still a student at The Contemporary Art Institute in Chicago. It has since grown. In addition to CAD site now includes Contemporary Art Venues, (a venue listing service) and Contemporary Art Quarterly (comprehensive documentation of an artist’s career). To make all this happen CAD now employs four full-timers including Nash. In 2012 the blog became a non-profit.
In short, a lot has happened over the past seven years, and a lot of his happened relatively recently.. Contemporary Art Quarterly was launched earlier this year and Nash moved from Chicago to California this summer. I wanted to get the full history on the site, so we sat down to talk.
As we mentioned in our events listings this week, Emilio Bianchic has a solo show Nailture opening at Postmasters tomorrow night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The show is based around the premise that the internet is not the democratic platform it’s frequently hailed as. In reality, the net is controlled by governments and corporations, and remains inaccessible to billions of people. Bianchic proposes that a different brand of “digital” art is truly the medium of the masses: the manicure. Everyone has nails, and you don’t have to call yourself an artist to paint them.
In honor of this fucking awesome manifesto, we’re bringing you nail-art GIFs clipped from the hands of Bianchic via his multi-page, multi-media web-based work LGBP (Little Gendered Body Parts). The piece includes various GIFs, videos, and social media interactions with nail artists around the world. It is awesome.
I was tipped off to this work by this tweet from NewHive (a popular net art publishing platform) which has a nice little preview of the artwork’s first page. Check out the whole experience (with music!) here.
— NewHive (@NewHive) May 14, 2015