Art can be monumental, forever stationary at a place where the world makes pilgrimage to view, such as the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris, or the David at Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence. The problem I have with monumental art is that it requires a degree of money and mobility to see it. While hundreds and thousands of people have gone and viewed, there are millions more that will never see it in their lifetime.
With books and the Internet, more people know what famous art looks like, but the experience via paper or screen is not the same as in person.
Accessibility is important to people with disability. How can one bring art to the people who might otherwise never experience art?
The Internet is often a starting point, a place to share ideas. It can be a place for people to see work that they might never see otherwise. Sometimes they create work that is only accessible via the Internet, such as animated GIFs, Web videos, Et cetera.
I love animated GIF art. I understand it from my graphic design experience, I’ve created it for web banners, but when someone creates an animated gif as a work of art, I grasp it. It could be geometrical. It could be interpreting previously created art into something new. It could be an expansion of the artists’ own drawings and/or paintings. It is multi-media, taking an image, such as a photograph, adding some animation or new elements, or both. Here are some examples out there that I feel capture the idea of animated GIFs as art.
- 9 Squares (http://9-squares.tumblr.com/)
- Segawa thirty-seven (http://gifmagazine.net/users/29337/profile – in Japanese, but images are universal)
- William Kentridge (technically not animated GIFs but whose work is relevant in terms of how he extends his 2-D drawings into animation)
- Erdal Inci (http://erdalinci.tumblr.com/)
- Phenakistoscope (http://www.dickbalzer.com/Flash_Gallery.607.0.html – predecessor to animated gifs)
I have only started with my first one, which is fairly simple, and possibly not quite finished yet. The possibilities are limitless.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.
Published Apr 13, 2016