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The GIF Show
by Ami Kealoha
on 03 May 2006
Gifshow

The GIF show at Rx Gallery in San Francisco elevates an art form more disposable and as ubiquitous as the doodle. Filled with videos, prints, readymades, sculptures, and animations executed in the same medium as those infuriating porn banners, the GIF show opens tonight, 3 May 2006, and runs through 9 June 2006, exploring the aesthetic texture and "broader social life" of graphic interchange format (or GIFs) in recent years.

Participating artists all have some fascination with the visual overload of personal Geocities-type websites—which now outnumber the population of China and India combined. Paul Slocum transforms circuit boards into something recalling Joseph Cornell’s boxes, Jim Punk makes disconcerting collage GIF animations, and Olia Lialin's work simply throw the mind off kilter. Cory Arcangel, one of the bigger names in the exhibition (who is also set to release "8-bit", a full-length documentary about the global influence of video games later this year), shows breadth and variation in his work (pictured), adding context to the exhibit without overpowering other pieces.

For another piece by Arcangel and more info, go after the jump.

Contributed by Kristopher Irizarry

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