If you watch this GIF by Dylan Fisher long enough, it feels less like a rotating surface and more like a surface you are circling. It gets less dizzying. It’s a simple GIF, and that’s why I like it: it uses a minimum amount of information to create a disorienting effect.
This is a low energy week in New York City. Like last week and the week before, there are a handful of arty movies playing around the city. See a documentary about Chinese pollution, a George Kuchar film on the ultra-ordinary, The Royal Tenenbaums, and a documentary on the life of bugs.
If none of this is your bag, we recommend getting out of town. If you haven’t had a chance to get upstate yet, end the week chilling in Storm King with classical music. It’s late August, so treat yourself to art, nature, and free drinks while you still have the chance.
Here’s a GIF history lesson.
The rainbow divider was a type of GIF used commonly among early web pages; it was used as an ornamental device to divide up text-heavy web pages. Remember those?
Paul Flannery has set out to “sculpturally repurpose” the now ancient rainbow divider, and he’s doing it in a multitude of ways. Some GIFs in the series end up looking like Art Deco or Japanese room dividers, while others are technicolor optical illusions. Either way, they definitely look better than the originals.
It’s unclear how Adam Ferriss spends his time, but it doesn’t appear to be by doing anything other than making GIFS. In May, he produced over 65 GIFs. Production seems to have slowed now that it’s summer time, but we expect to see more once vacation is done.
The above GIF obviously owes something to Laura Brothers. Yoshi Sodeoka too is clearly a contemporary. A look at this and some of the other GIFs on his site also tells me Ferriss isn’t overly interested in animation that’s too jerky or abrupt. He does, though occasionally engage it.