Those who missed the screening of NARGIFSUS at Transfer Gallery last Saturday have a second chance to view the show. It’s also being presented at NewHive as a web exhibition. Curated by Brooklyn based artist and curator Carla Gannis and Berlin based curator Tina Sauerländer, the show explores self-portraiture in the form of GIFs.
As a show, it’s fairly expansive. Themes such as bodily transformation via technology or just plain magic dominate while GIFs of people and things other than the artist play a second favorite in the exhibition. The amount of time and effort each artist put into their GIFs varies quite a bit, but as a subject that’s generally under-explored in the art GIF making world, it’s an important show.
The above self-portrait as Ann Hirsch as Pinocchio, the wooden puppet whose nose grows when lying, may be the strongest work in the exhibition. Here, Hirsch gestures to the construction of persona via social media and even her own practice which has long involved semi-fictional narratives, and participation in reality shows. Oddly enough, the piece reads as more honest than the Pinocchio’s nose might suggest, in so far as its admission of fallacy amounts to truth. That’s an accolade worth celebrating.
Participating artists include: Alfredo Salazar-Caro, Angela Washko, Ann Hirsch, Ann Schomburg, Anna Frants, Anthony Antonellis, Antonio Roberts, Carla Gannis, Cecilia Salama, Christian Petersen, Claudia Hart, Domenico Barra, Elena Garnelo, Emilie Gervais, Emilio Vavarella, Erica Lapdat Janzen, Erik Zepka, Eva Papamargariti, Everet Kane, Faith Holland, Federico Solmi, Gaby Cepeda, Giselle Zatonyl, Gretta Louw, Guido Segni, Helena Acosta, Jacky Connolly, Jennifer Chan, Jonny Star, Joshua Weibley, Kate Durbin (photo by Emily Raw), Katie Torn, LaTurbo Avedon, Laurence Gartel, Leah Schrager, Lisa Levy, Lorna Mills, LoVid Hinkis-Lapidus & Dia, Man Bartlett, Mark Dorf, Mathieu St-Pierre, Michael Mallis, Nicholas O’Brien, Niko Princen, Ole Fach, Patrick Lichty, Paul Hertz, Rafia Santana, Ray Tee, Rollin Leonard, Savannah Spirit, Shamus Clisset, Shayna Hawkins, Stefano W. Pasquini, Sung-Ah Jun, Susan Silas, Vince Mc Kelvie, Will Pappenheimer, Yuliya Lanina
It’s raining plastic raindrops. Yes, Miami Art Week is upon us, and you’ve already gotten our take on what’s worthchecking out outside the satellites. Traffic is promising to be a real shit show with the Venetian Causeway being closed, a favoured route to the Beach. Even though the city has a free, Basel express bus, getting around will be even more of a hassle. So more than ever, plan ahead, and rely on our curated fair guide. We’re doubtful you’ll be able to do it all, but that’s always the case anyways with Miami—at least you try to do it all. Gold star for effort.
This Sunday, the new digital art biennale known as “The Wrong” (again) will officially go online. It’s so large, I’m not sure how we’re going to see it all, but in preparation for the day, I spoke to the Wrong founder and organizer David Quiles Guillo.
I probably should be posting some fun animated GIF from Lorna Mills show at Transfer, which opens tomorrow. But I haven’t done that because there are no preview images we haven’t already posted, and today’s news was all about gentrification. And so, I’ve posted a GIF of the Lower East Side and it’s transformation thanks to the documentation of Google Street View. It probably won’t surprise readers to learn that the lot was vacant and the filled with a glass condo, not the other way around.
Installation view of Technophilia at Transfer gallery.
For the past couple of days, we’ve been posting erotic GIFs from Faith Holland‘s collection GIFs to Have Sex By. The series of GIFs from more than forty different artists will be screened tomorrow night at the closing reception for Holland’s solo exhibition Technophilia, at Brooklyn’s Transfer Gallery from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Holland sent us a sampling of these very-Graphic Interchange Fornications, and below are some of the highlights:
This GIF from Tristan Stevens starts out with a seed violently slamming from one plinth to the next. The only stirring that causes in my loins is a contraction of the cremaster muscle. But lo and behold, what should spring forth from that seed but an eggplant, perhaps the most erotically loaded of emojis. So much so, that Instagram banned it as a hashtag. I’m a vegetarian, so I never eat meat, but like many rebelliously sexual ex-Catholics, I’m sure going to miss “Eggplant Friday.”
Adriana Minoliti’s GIF is dripping moist with nostalgia. Don’t those humping graphics bring you back to the days of dial-up modems, when porn took longer to load than you did? And what’s sexier than midcentury modernism. Just imagine sweaty palms sliding across that formica surface, bare feet struggling to grip that sensuously plush carpet. Swoon.
Uh, is it just me, or does this GIF from Christian Petersen kind of remind you of the AFC logo? If you see the artist at the screening tomorrow night, ask him if he felt inspired by New York City’s sexiest art blog.
AFC editors take panels by storm; Academy Award nominee Laura Poitras speaks at Artists Space; and the first U.S. retrospective of “one of the most prominent artists working in Southeast Asia” comes to the SculptureCenter.
Already, a couple art events have potential for our 2015 “Best of”s. The American Realness Festival returns with some of the best performers in town; Jayson Musson debuts a new web series; Angela Washko keeps pushing for feminism in gaming; some of our favorite Internet artists are on a new press release.
Welcome to EMOJI HELL. Just in time for Halloween, Carla Gannis has imagined Hieronymus Bosch’s “Garden of Earthy Delights” for the modern age. Her GIFs will be screening tomorrow night, on Halloween, at King’s Tavern in Brooklyn. Like smoking a whole carton of cigarettes at once, the exercise may be an emoji cleansing. Emoji costumes are encouraged!