Alison Ruttan’s work is about genetic destiny. Inside the three Michigan Avenue galleries of the Chicago Cultural Center, we see how human nature plays havoc with communities through two parallel series.
Tumblr still remains the best stomping ground for random GIFs. I have no idea who made this deflated Kirby—or is it a stretched-out Boo from the Super Mario Brothers series? Regardless, there’s an element of spooky sadness here because this pink balloon-guy cannot escape its shadow. Props to the anonymous GIF artist, whoever you are, for compounding elements of video-game culture without treading into the ironic mash-up category. GIF courtesy of Eyeslikesu
When you go to Julian Glander’s website, you’ve got some options. You can check out his animation, branded content, illustration, and games, or click on “beer,” “xmas,” “dogs,” “puking,” “hamburgers,” “blobs,” and “super cute.” I don’t know about you, but I appreciate any designer-artist whose range officially extends into adverb-adjective territory.
This little guy, aka “LOL-OMG-UHH-WTF,” is meant to be “a survey of the spectrum of human emotion.” According to Glander’s rubric, OMG ventures into the cat range of the human spectrum of emotion. LOL UHH WTF?
Corinna: What name are we going to give to these sleek cyborg-alien creatures by Kytten Janae, a legit Tumblr artist?
Dylan: Twisted-rainbow body horror? Happy-go-lucky body horror? Trip-space-Cronen-cyborgian neon-tinted body horror? Slick, psychedelic neon-cyborg torture? Cyborgian torture puppets? Neon torture dolls?
Corinna: Okay, let’s go back one step here. Kytten Janae’s Tumblr consists almost entirely of eyeless humanoids suffering, vomiting, sometimes vomiting into each other, or, as we can see here, a humanoid choking him or herself. But all these creatures are really colorful, as if to say, “Hey, choking myself isn’t so bad.”
Anyway, there is so much obsession to Kytten Janae’s work, that she can keep on churning out eyeless creature after eyeless creature….
Dylan: Yes, while these humanoid bodies are painfully distorted, they’re still playful. Like there’s a joy that comes from vomiting up the colors of the rainbow.
Another thing: The design of the figures reminds me of Francoise Gamma’s humanoid GIFs. But less abstract and more sadistic.
Corinna: Ooohh. And I didn’t even think about this until now, but Gamma’s best GIFs show a complete melting of bodies—unlike Janae’s always-lonely bodies.
Hurry up, get off your bum, and make your way to MoMA.