In 2008, Laurel Ptak, founder of the blog iheartphotograph, curated 67 artist-made GIFs for Graphics Interchange Format, an exhibition at Brooklyn’s Bond Street Gallery. The gallery no longer exists and neither does the website that formerly hosted those GIFs. As Paddy noted in her “A Brief History of Animated GIF Art” series on artnet News, the lack of an online archive poses a problem for piecing together the format’s history.
Though we can’t poof the Graphics Interchange Format site back into existence, we can do what we’re good at: googling. All week we’re going to search the web for GIFs that were in the exhibition. For historians, artists, and consumers of net art, this GIFt’s for you.
Laurel Ptak’s Graphics Interchange Format had 26 artists make 67 GIFs. Our online hunting for those GIFs has resulted in fewer than a quarter of what would’ve originally been on view. It’s not just those GIFs that are rare on the net; some artists seem to have disappeared from the public web, too. (Although, to be fair, some have gone on to become more well-known: Alex Prager, Talia Chetrit, and Petra Cortright among them.)
For those GIFs we could not find, which were deleted long ago, we bid you farewell. We did not know you well, and likely never will.
Below, we give you the rest of the GIFs we were able to round up. And of course, if you have any tips on where to find the rest of the works from Graphics Interchange Format, we’re listening. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Top two GIFs: Anne de Vries, Jason Fulford.)
This Petra Cortright GIF found on giphy reminds me quite a bit of Jennifer Chan’s “Hands Around the World”, which debuted in GIFbites earlier with this year, paired with the Spice Girls song “2 Become 1”. Both offer a mix of beauty and nauseating 1980s consumerist/early Internet optimism. The shine is off the rose in both departments; I see them as sunsets.
How successful was tonight’s Paddles ON! sale of digital art in London? On its face pretty good. Phillips sale totaled £83,500 ($113,636.83), exceeding their high estimate for the sale at £67,150 ($91,392.43). Dig a little deeper, though, and the results of the auction as a whole, which included 22 lots, suggest a still developing market: Five lots went unsold and four sold for under their estimates. Two unremarkable abstract panels that sold for as much as five times their estimate boosted the evenings sale numbers. Michael Staniak’s IMG_885, a monochrome painting made of casting compound and acrylic on board, brought in the most; it sold for £25,000, £20,250 over its £4,750 estimate. Trailing Staniak came Michael Manning’s Chinese Broccolini Torta, a pastel digital print on canvas which sold for £15,000, £10,000 over its £5,000 estimate.
Problems continue to rack up at Louise Blouin Media. The New York Post finds an anonymous source who claims Art + Auction Senior Editor Julie Baumgartner resigned over a flooding in the publication’s offices that resulted in a mold outbreak. Louise Blouin refused to pay for the clean up. [New York Post]
Poet Charles Wright has been appointed the nation’s poet laureate. You can read one of his sad poems here. [TIME]
Here’s your new doomsday scenario: We’re running out of IP addresses! [Ars Technica]
Out in Marfa, Texas, Ballroom Marfa has “postponed indefinitely” its drive-in theater project. Co-founders Fairfax Dorn and Virginia Lebermann cited fundraising as an issue. It always is. [Glasstire]
Is it okay to take Instagrams at Auschwitz? [The Awl]
Tired of responding to texts? Set up the bell hooks answering service and let everyone you know you’re a feminist who doesn’t like to text back. [The Hairpin]
“Can you tell me, is Petra Cortright a feminist?” asks a curator who doesn’t get what’s happening with the under-30 generation; specifically, she doesn’t understand all the hype surrounding the DIS Magazine aesthetic, citing the work’s general lack of political or theoretical awareness. In defense of the young, Artforum claims that “…the culture propelled by DIS and affiliated parties like GHE20G0TH1K felt like a life-affirming, gender-fluid, multiracial utopia.” Please point me in the direction of this utopia because I have yet to see it. [Artforum]
Do not hire a Chinese artist to make knock offs of someone else’s sculptures—you will get your comeuppance. Real estate developer Igor Olenicoff was sued by sculptor Don Wakefield over six sculptures that he claimed looked just like his; Wakefield received $450,000 in damages. [Artnet news]
Anyone else notice that Rhizome’s four-piece Paddle8 auction has already raised over $35,000? The auction supports their Seven on Seven Conference, for which they seem to have so shortage of support. That’s in no small part due to Petra Cortright’s “krakow_1.psd”, a digital painting on aluminum estimated at $3,500. The top bid for that painting is currently at $17,500 after 29 bids. The auction still has two days left.
Good news. The Art F City auction is live on Paddle8 and we’re employing every form of digital media to let people know! That means you’ve got through Monday, February 17th at NOON sharp to bid on all live items before the heading to Postmasters Gallery for the live auction with CK Swett. You have through Monday, February 17th at TEN PM to bid on silent lots.