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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.  

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Garcia Madrid, SS 11

Posted in fashion, Gif, Photography by petercombe on April 8, 2011

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I’m always a sucker for gifs, especially those that are large and and well executed.

Dirección de arte y fotografía Ernesto Artillo
Make up María Fernández
Modelo Christian Katarn
Asistente David García y Javier Fernández


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Peter Combe, canT afFORD, 2011

Peter Combe, canT afFORD, (TOM FORD), 2011


Peter Combe, TfL, 2011

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Peter Combe, TfL, 2011

Baldessari Your Life

Posted in Art, Collage, Conceptual Art, Gif, I appropriate, Peter Combe Art by petercombe on December 17, 2010

Peter Combe, London Calling John Baldessari, 2010

John Baldessari is perhaps best known for his artworks of appropriated photographic imagery that incorporated juxtaposed colorful dots. The dots served two functions in Baldessari’s work; they allowed him to “obliterate” the identifies of people in his found images and also to render them anonymous so they could be seen more as generic types (such as an art curator or an art hustler) rather than specific individuals. But the dots also represented Baldessari’s overall strategy aimed at deflecting the viewer’s gaze from the habitual way of seeing – prompting viewers to look

A new site on tumblr allows you to Baldessari Your Life. Above is my submission (in gif form), borrowing the original gif (sans blue dot) from Mark Portillo. If you want to Baldessari your life, submit here or email your submission here.

Original gif image here: Mark Portillo

Peter Combe, Dancing Lady Gif (Digital Monitor)

Posted in appropriation, Art, Collage, Conceptual Art, digital Collage, Gif, Peter Combe Art, Peter Combe Gif by petercombe on November 30, 2010

Peter Combe, Gypsy Gif (on Sony Monitor)

Posted in appropriation, Art, Collage, Conceptual Art, digital Collage, Gif, Peter Combe Art, Peter Combe Gif by petercombe on November 17, 2010

Peter Combe, Gypsy Gif (on Sony Monitor), found gif and monitor still, 2010

obbligare

(The following was written some months after this post appeared)

Before the opening of the Twitter/Art+Social Media exhibition at the Diane Farris Gallery in Vancouver, BC, Canada, I was contacted by one of the directors to say that one of my pieces (Iran’s Ahmadinejad Prepares for Avatar Premier, 2010), had been sold and that the gallery owner, Ms Farris was upset, as her eyes had been on the artwork. I was asked if I would be interested in making an edition of the artwork. I agreed, then never heard anything back from the gallery. Feeling a little flimflammed and manipulated over the request, I set out to produce a little piece of 8½ inspired cinema in the form of a series of gif animations to post before the exhibit completed its run. The poster above promotes the filmic homage and borrows from the poster artwork of the Reed Cowan and Steven Greenstreet directed film, 8: The Mormon Proposition. In April, I also produced this little promotional item that borrows from Disney’s Toy Story 3. In the end, it so turned out, there was no original buyer for the artwork. Ms Farris also asked if I might consider payment in the form of a ‘payment plan’. Months went by with my not hearing from the gallery. It just so happened that I found myself visiting Vancouver via San Francisco. I visited the space and there before me on a counter in the very quiet gallery’s back room lay the most exquisite little paint brush next to an unfired ceramic cat food bowl. Noticing my gaze and not missing a beat, the gallery director informed me that the bowl (awaiting Ms Farris’ artistic touch) was for a local pet charity auction. After my enquiry I was told that Ms Farris was no longer interested in purchasing the artwork and would I consider leaving my Ahmadinejad artwork for the upcoming gallery anniversary exhibition. I said it would be fine, provided the gallery brokered the shipping back to San Francisco. I needn’t print the response, except to say that I was so embarrassed for the business that all I could do was collect my artworks and get out of there fast.

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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