Last week Whitney Kimball gave out the official AFC Awards for the GIF Free for All, a show curated by A. Bill Miller. Well, I’m sorry to say, but those awards were all wrong. That purple blob from the land of Star Wars deserts you’re looking at is a number one GIF in my book, but where were our accolades for Giselle Zatonyl when they were needed? Nowhere. Ms. Giselle, I’m sorry we failed you.
My runner up for this prize also did not make Whitney’s list. *shakes head* Let me tell you all who deserves this award: Rollin Leonard. Why? Because he put his face on a jiggling molecule (or rain droplet – we’re not sure which) and that takes real courage. Mr. Rollin, I recognize your bravery and salute you in this post. Please accept my runner’s up prize.
“GIF Free For All“, a new GIF show launched in conjunction with Computer Art Congress 4 – CAC4 Rio de Janeiro, and curated by A. Bill Miller, is clearly not about competition. But we are! Being a critical art blog, we’re taking it upon ourselves to rank these GIFs whether you want our approval or not. Our judgement, after the jump!
Art has changed. Contemporary Art Daily’s spread of photos and video from “Made in LA” includes Amanda Ross-Ho’s Untitled Satellite Image, in which women discuss the subtle movement of a spinning ball (2014) next to Bob Flanagan and Sheree Rose’s Nailed, in which Flanagan nails his balls to a piece of wood (1989). [Contemporary Art Daily]
An artist in Alberta has covered his 800 acre property with artwork and copyrighted it in an effort to stop oil corporations from drilling on his land. Apparently, a document his lawyer drew up claims that any disturbance of the top six inches of land constitutes a copyright infringement. This makes no sense to us. Maybe the Art Law Blog or the Art Law Office can explain whether this article is bullshit. [Daily Kos]
It’s fashion week. No link. Just a warning to avoid the Meatpacking District if possible.
Eh, shit. Doubts are emerging over whether Detroit’s bankruptcy plan is feasible. [Reuters]
Columbia visual arts student Emma Sulkowicz will carry her mattress with her everywhere until her alleged rapist is brought to justice. She claims that she was raped in her own bed, and she’s one of 23 students who filed a federal complaint against the school for mishandling rape cases. Two other students have claimed that Sulkowicz’s alleged rapist raped them, too. Alleged rapist is still attending Columbia. [New York Magazine]
Not only are there recipes for sandwiches, there are listicles of favorite sandwich recipes. [Serious Eats]
Which Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, ThunderCat, Or Fraggle Are You? [Clickhole]
There’s been a variety of fun and whimsical art events lately, but every once in a while there’s a week of substantive works which we’ll be thinking back on for years to come. Performa is one of those, and the online biennial “The Wrong” might be another. And after 41 years, this Tuesday’s event at the Clocktower Gallery may be your last opportunity to visit before it’s turned into luxury condos.