The art world has mostly checked out for the holidays, and so have we. Time for holiday parties!
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.
The New York Times might be behind the times on a lot of things, but its art department is doing a great job commissioning editorial images. This Peter Burr’s GIF of adjoining heads quite abstractly sums up a story about media tailored to our own tastes. Another illustration by my friend Armando Veve beautifully complements an image of a baby’s life saved by heart surgery.
And they chose well again in Peter Burr’s treadmill-of-lenses GIF, which accompanies letters responding to Bill Keller’s column “Living With the Surveillance State“. It works for the story, but it also works on its own.
The prints are here! Tuesday night Art F City launched our one-night-only exhibition and reception of Rachel Stern’s “Nude Artists as Pandas” at Sargent’s Daughters. One of New York’s fastest rising stars, Stern has shown at Daniel Cooney Fine Art, Invisible Exports, and Humble Arts Foundation. This summer, she spent two months in Maine, at one of the world’s most prestigious residencies, Skowhegan.
The launch attracted art-worlders shot by Stern such as Martha Wilson, Nayland Blake, Jason Andrews, and Allegra LaViola along with luminaries like William Powhida, Ben Davis and Kat Griefen. All were recorded for posterity by photographer Christian Grattan.
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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.