The above image is the last animated GIF Rick Silva produced in his “En Plain Air” series, which ran from January 2012 through June 2013. For the series, Silva sketched out landscapes on site, on his laptop.
It was a great series full of mesmorizing GIFs. Now, Silva is building on that, with “The Silva Field Guide to Birds of a Parallel Future“, which is comprised of a number of 30 to 40 second videos complete with a digital sound track. I chose not to make GIFs from these videos, since that obviously isn’t how they are meant to be seen. But they are part of the Portland Biennale, which is open now through September 18th and is curated by Michelle Grabner. So, those who wish to see the work installed have an opportunity to see them presented in Portland. And for those of us who want to experience them from the comfort of our laptops, we’ve got that option too.