I haven’t heard much by way of politics this week, and the reasons for this are entirely field specific. It seems most of us in the art world are distracted by the five million fairs we have to attend. That’s a welcome relief from our decent in chaos, but the decent is still happening. Here’s a reminder of what’s happening elsewhere. Eye on Russia.
This is a pretty cute gif, but honestly, my GIF efforts were thwarted today because I was not able to get this image of a bear hanging out on an old couple’s patio off the page it currently lives on. So, consider this a link and a couple bonus bear GIFs because bears are cute.
You wouldn’t know it, but all the plants in the GIF above were made with an L-system, which was used by early computer graphics professionals to accurately model plants. And by early we mean, EARLY. L-systems, a type of formal grammar were developed in 1968 by Aristid Lindenmayer, a Hungarian theoretical biologist and botanist at the University of Utrecht.
Nothing about this eerie GIF by artist Ben McCarthy, though, looks particularly dated. The whole scene resembles a 3D rendered environment, so a viewer doesn’t even contemplate that the technology might be old. In fact, it’s the kind of picture you’d imagine a younger Vija Celmins making if she decided to venture outside the subject of water. Something basically still, but for a small movement, implied or real, that imparts a feeling of quiet dread to the whole picture.
I suppose we should all just rejoice that this isn’t another GIF of Hitler tossing the world around because Donald Trump has threatened to invade a country? Instead, all we’ve got is tears because we’re losing our public schools thanks to Betsy DeVos’s successful nomination to Education Secretary. The majority of the American public opposed the nomination, but Republicans paint Vice President as a hero for casting the tie breaking vote that confirms her. Great job.