a tale of a few cities

Animated GIFs: The Birth of a Medium

Posted in Art, artists, Gif, tech, trawling the net, tumblr by petercombe on March 18, 2012

GIFs are one of the oldest image formats used on the web. Throughout their history, they have served a huge variety of purposes, from functional to entertainment. Now, 25 years after the first GIF was created, they are experiencing an explosion of interest and innovation that is pushing them into the terrain of art. The video from Off Book charts their history, explores the hotbed of GIF creativity on Tumblr, and features two teams of GIF artists who are evolving the form into powerful new visual experiences.  

via jockohomo

gif via powcamp

Rebecca Uchill’s Random Exhibition Title Generator

Posted in Art, Conceptual Art, trawling the net by petercombe on May 20, 2010

Above is my auto-generated exhibition title. Get yours and post it below in the comment box.

Click here to generate yours >

Maurizio Cattelan, W(tf?) Magazine and the Artist Matthieu Lavanchy

(Digital Collage, Peter Combe, 2010: Cattelan snooping around Lavancy’s work for inspiration)


In February of this past year I wrote a post entitled omaggio? in which two very similar photographs were placed side by side. One photograph had no author attributed to it, the other photograph was featured in Maurizio Cattelan’s portfolio (Photographed by PierPaolo Ferrari, Styled by Camilla Nickerson, Curated by Dennis Freedmanin) for the November 2009 edition of W Magazine. The similarities of the two images were striking, so striking in fact, it lead me to believe that some serious poaching had gone on. A couple of weeks ago I discovered the beautiful work of Switzerland based artist Matthieu Lavanchy and was stunned to see that he was the artist responsible for the original.

Matthieu Lavanchy is a selected finalist in the Festival International de Mode et de Photographie, Hyères 2010. Mr. Schulmann or the Man in the High Castle (series) will be exhibited in Villa Noailles from April 30 to May 30, 2010. He lives and works in Switzerland.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Maurizio Cattelan’s work. Maurizio Cattelan is @MISTYGARDINER on Twitter.



Hyperallergic Labs Pick-up

Posted in Peter Combe Gif, trawling the net by petercombe on May 4, 2010

I got picked up by this excellent site out of New York. Thrilled to bits about it.


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A Tale on AFC’s Fresh Links!

Posted in trawling the net by petercombe on April 5, 2010
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In a Hurry to be Rid of Limbaugh

Posted in humour, Real Estate, trawling the net, WTF? by petercombe on March 26, 2010

The Goude, The Bad and The Awesome

Posted in Collage, humour, Photography, Photomontage, trawling the net by petercombe on March 23, 2010

Jean-Paul Goude, Grace Jones, 1978


Kanye West website, (no credit), Amber Rose, 2010


Nicolas Chinardet, Jasmin Teer (photography) and Dan Bosworth (Photoshop), 2009



April 2, 2010 update >


Limbaugh Post Gets Huge traffic…

Posted in trawling the net by petercombe on March 17, 2010

Rush Limbaugh’s Penthouse For Sale – What About The Art?

Posted in Collage, Photomontage, Real Estate, trawling the net by petercombe on March 4, 2010



It took almost a year, but Limbaugh has put his 5th Avenue penthouse on the market for a cool $13.95 million.  The full-floor apartment comes with four terraces, 10-rooms, “oversized” tubs, and hand painted murals throughout. Click here to see Rush looking very at home with his gal pal Elaine Lancaster.

All is not as it seems.



third time’s a charm…

Posted in trawling the net by petercombe on March 1, 2010


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