Who knew back in the ’90s when GIFs were aesthetically on the same level as MIDI music that a decade later they would become a bona fide art form? DarkAngelØne might not consider himself an artist, but he’s another name to add to the ever-expanding list of people manipulating art with GIFs. His work is a combination of what happens when Internet and post-modernism combine. His pieces are essentially remixes of other people’s art with added animations, but the artistic liberty he takes shows what happens when art intermingles with “share-friendly” web culture. “It is my opinion that art is meant to be shared and enjoyed,” he says. “It doesn’t belong to me, it belongs to anyone it calls to.” Don’t forget to also check out his Youtube that features music video versions of his animation work.
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The last we heard from animator Nicolas Ménard he directed the amazing animated short Somewhere. His most recent project is the music video for Tourist’s song “Illuminate.” The video is a black and white pixelated world with an unusual premise:
In 1992, a man receives love letters in Korean. Since Google Translate doesn’t exist yet, he’s left confused. What could this mean?
The video uses repetition and old school graphics inspired by classic video games to create a cold, sterile atmosphere that’s reminiscent of pixel artists like Uno Moralez and Dusan Cezek. In the gallery we included some GIFs from the video, but we also recommending watching the full video.
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Who knew in the Internet’s early days, when websites were full of tacky GIFs and annoying MIDI music, that GIFs would not only make a triumphant return, but also be seen as legitimate art? We’ve already written about tons of GIF artists before, but artist Vincent VIRIOT, who also goes by FMk7, is a new one we stumbled across recently. His Tumblr/GIF project G I F M K shows his medium of choice matches perfectly with his futuristic aesthetic. His work mixes geometric shapes with surreal imagery of doomsday cities, classic art, and yes, even cats. But what GIF would be complete without cats?
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When artists make “gif versions” of their work, it tends to feel slightly contrived, like they’re trying to capitalize on an Internet trend. But Vietnamese photographer Khoa Pham has something other artists lack–an earnestness. His sparsely updated Tumblr and Flickr don’t really say much, and his “About” page simply states that he’s a photographer. There’s a sense that Pham simply enjoys taking photos of his neighborhood and surroundings and wants the work to speak for itself. His gifs are almost cinematic in nature, capturing the beauty of objects that would normally look cliché (raindrops, neon lights) and turning them into something that look like stills from a film. There’s not much work on his Tumblr yet (his work happened to drift across our dashboard only recently), but here’s hoping we see more work from him soon.
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One look at French illustrator Matthieu Bourel‘s work and you might be surprised to learn his passion is music, not movies or art. But while music is his first passion, Bourel loves making collages while listening to movie soundtracks spliced together with his own music. We guess you could say his work is a psychical manifestation of these two worlds: classic Hollywood and Bourel’s imagination. Bourel’s collages uses images from early 20th century movies, art, and magazines. He then cuts them up, creating abstract collages that meshes old time nostalgia with the immersion of modern digital art. His tumblr The Singing Canary takes it one step further, animating each collage as a GIF. And sure, GIF art might seem a tad contrived these days, but Bourel’s work uses the medium to add a dash of humor to his already satirical pieces. What’s not to love about headless Victorian portraits?
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Created by Dent de Cuir and What’s Next, “Play” is a trailer promoting the “first music gifs website,” PLAY & Listen to Gifs. The website is a page of GIFs with some music playing in the background (how 1998?), but the video above merges all the GIFS from the website and combines them with SebastiAn’s trippy chiptune track. The result is a retro mind trip that we can’t quite describe. You should probably just experience it for yourself.
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“I make GIFs and browse the internet. Other than that I haven’t done much really.” Some pretty humble words from Belgian animator and illustrator Eno Swinnen, especially considering his work now pops up in music videos, on album covers, and short films. Swinnen’s unique aesthetic combines anime-like art with geometric shapes that are animated using rotoscoping. Rotoscope is an old school method where animators trace over live footage frame by frame (the same way early Disney movies were made). However, Swinnen livens up the source material by making his drawings more abstract. The results are unique, futuristic GIFs that straddle both old and new style conventions. Not bad for someone fresh out of college who “hasn’t done much.”
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