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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. - C. S. Lewis
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The Future Of GIFs As Gallery Art, According To The Current Sea

An episode of The Simpsons called “The Computer Wore Menace Shoes” sums up the turn-of-the-century internet quite well. Homer builds a website, dubbed “Mr. X’s Web Page” and populates it with animated GIFs of Jesus dancing, screaming mouths, and flying toasters. Commenting on the fact that Homer’s page has gotten zero hits, the budding new media guru Lisa offers “You have to offer people something: a joke, an opinion, and idea.” Homer quickly changes Mr. X’s website to be about local Springfield gossip, featuring the slogan “All the muck fit to rake,” in the vein of The Drudge Report, and quickly blows up.

Consider The Current Sea’s mission as an effort to bridge to gap between Homer’s initial cacophonous, irreverant GIFs and Lisa’s advice to “offer people something.” In the words of Sarah Zucker, “A well executed GIF gives you all the impact of a video that could be ten times its length.” Along with Brian Griffith, Zucker started The Current Sea to accomplish its mission of elevating the animated GIF, a medium that an immodest number of people seem to be passionate about. Zucker sees GIFs as so much more than just entertaining ways to show your followers on Tumblr snippets of Parks and Recreation.

The Current Sea envisions GIFs hanging on walls like art (not dissimilar to GIF-focused art collective 15 Folds, or the low-fi animations by Mike and Claire), GIFs being used by any number of companies to entrance and seduce customers. She looks to recent use of GIFs by news websites and knows that there must be a greater purpose. 

When discussing such prospects, she is quick to acknowledge that the animated GIF is perhaps the ultimate emblem of our collectively slashed attention spans. “You could say that’s a bad thing, but to me it’s just an indication that we’ve become so selective about what we’re willing to give our time to.” Griffith picks up on this thought when recounting that “we’ve seen time and again that when we show people a GIF on our phone, it’s not like a picture where you just look and go ’oh that’s cool.’ It captivates the user for seconds or sometimes minutes at a time.”


Much more at  ( Brian Griffith )

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Cai Vail Prints on INPRNT.

The beautiful and intricate work of Cai Vail is available her INPRNT Store.  You can keep up to date with INPRNT on their Tumblr.

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Floatzilla (Rhizostoma pulmo) by Arne Kuilman
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Jo In Hyuk (South Korea)

Using the simplicity of finely-traced lines and solid colour palettes, South Korean artist and art director Jo In Hyuk explores a range of emotional states with striking portrait illustrations that are as beautiful as they are thoughtful.

Jo’s digital work revolves around the values of youth, sexuality and vulnerability – complex themes that he approaches with awe-inspiring ease, as he represents suffering and grief with a quiet, heavy and almost disturbing dramatic feel. The level of the emotion within Jo’s work is made all the more mesmerising by the deep and enigmatic expressions of the subjects he paints, that one cannot help but feel connected to and struck by.

Although his pastel-coloured illustrations immerse the viewer within dream-like narratives, they are also convincing takes on the raw and real emotions, secrets and states of mind that we hide away from the world – characteristics which ultimately lend his work a particularly magical appeal.

With their fragility and finesse, Jo’s illustrations are subtle echoes of sadness, nostalgia and pain and appear incredibly discreet; yet, beneath their soft appearance, they also contain powerful messages that each of us could identify with and that won’t fail to stun the unsuspecting viewer. Jo speaks with clarity and confidence through his illustrations which, even if developed around more mature themes, always remain innocent and deeply touching.

Our sincere thanks to Abbie Cohen from NeverLazy Magazine for this Art review for Artchipel’s Art Writer’s Wednesday #19.

[more Jo In Hyuk | Art Writer’s Wednesday with Abbie Cohen]

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Selected Works & Projects: Jan. 29 + Feb. 2, 2014

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Hans Kanters  Surrealist Art

“People ought to be able to get more out of it than I put into it, otherwise I have been doing something wrong. It is not just about the meaning, it is the emotion, humour and irony, tenderness and  frustration, even rage that I am trying to convey.”
There is no way to describe Kanters’ work in a couple of sentences. What you can say is that the bizarre, fascinating paintings with their dozens of details depict life in all its facets  of emotion, behaviour and social customs. And at an amazingly skilled technical level. As an autodidact, for decades Kanters has been doing things his own way without paying the least bit of attention to trends or fashion, he simply is who he is. After his erotic period in the 1970s, surrealism has been dominant in his work since the 1980s and his palette has become more direct, the colours less dense. In addition to his graphic work such as  lithographs and etchings, ever since 1994 he has also been making bronze statues.

Hans Kanters was born in Amsterdam in 1947, and has been making paintings since 1967, lithographs since 1986 and sculptures since 1994. An autodidact, he has lived and worked in the Netherlands, southern Spain, Formentera, and southern France. Ever since 1993, Ibiza has been his home

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