Marina Abramovic has made an Adidas ad. It’s depressing.
In comic books, Modern art rarely makes an appearance. If it does, it’s usually seen as the backdrop to a crime—a museum heist, for instance. That’s what makes Grant Morrison’s “The Painting That Ate Paris,” a storyline running in DC Comics’ Doom Patrol, so rare; that comic took art and turned it into one of the most villainous creations ever known.
Chantal Rousseau needs to make more GIFs. There are currently 25 hand drawn GIFs on her site, and that’s not enough for me. There’s a quirky humor to her work, which combines cats and owls, or laser beams a dick, and I would like to see more of it on her site.
Currently residing in Kingston, Ontario, Rousseau writes that her work beings together together popular culture, sex, death, and technology. Her paintings seem to be less about that than some of her other work, but given the medium, I’m willing to look past the absence of tech in that work. These GIFs, which use choppy, meme-like animation, look a little like what would happen if Lynda Barry’s drawings fought Robert Bateman‘s and she won. Brilliant.
Welcome back to the workweek with the most beautiful gift of all: bears! This week the Katami National Park in Alaska has started streaming videos of brown bears in their natural habitat. The first one’s live at Brooks Falls; so far, we’ve watched brown bears looking for salmon, brown bears catching salmon, and brown bears eating salmon. Adorable. There’s also this cam on the lower river but it’s basically a bunch of water right now. We expect more bear action to start anytime now.
GIF by Paddy Johnson; hat tip from The Awl