Monday, April 13, 2015

Scott Gelber: Artist Post

VaporWare, 2015, Scott Gelber

Senate, 2014, Scott Gelber

So Below, 2014 - Website to view more works

Scott Gelber's work is important because it represents new media. He's based in Brooklyn, NY and has been making internet art for about 6 years. His aesthetic is perfectly aligned with "web art" and it is intentionally ironic all at the same time. I've been a big fan of his work for many months now and it only keeps getting better. His 2015 work, VaporWare, is a satirization of the newly dubbed genre "vaporwave" which emerged in the 2010s from seapunk and chillwave. The genre is entirely internet-based and relies on edits of other songs to create new music.

Gelber's work is revolutionary because it is geared towards the younger audience (older teens and young adults). Being a young person himself, he understands the importance of gaining a large internet presence. The creation of his internet .gifs are purely aesthetic and are massively popular on tumblr. He doesn't even have his own .com domain, he purely uses Tumblr. Additionally, he makes all of his content exclusively on the internet, for the internet.

So Below, one of his older .gifs, focuses on making fun of the horror film As Above, So Below. It is funny because it is, obviously, a skeleton embracing technology. The absurdism in his art is inspiring and exciting because of how well crafted it is. The skill and time he puts into the .gifs is something very interesting. Overall, I am a really big fan of his work and how funny it is. All of the .gifs I've seen by him are critically engaging and aesthetically pleasing.  

Monday, April 6, 2015

"At its core function, the Internet is a tool for the communication of information, whether factual or fictional. It has allowed us access to knowledge we would have otherwise never known, at a rate that we could have never achieved with printed materials. Each tool that we have developed to spread information has exponentially increased the speed at which it travels, leading to bursts of creativity and collaboration that have accelerated human development and accomplishment. The wired Internetat broadband speeds allows us to consume content so fast that any delay causes us to balk and whine. Wireless Internet made this information network portable and extended our range of knowledge beyond the boundaries of offices and libraries and into the world. Mobile devices have completely transformed our consumption of information, putting tiny computers in our pockets and letting us petition the wishing well of the infoverse."

The website,, brings up a lot of feelings for me. Specifically, the eagerness to explore the internet and "get" what it is is something I resonate with and find myself struggling with often. The entire passage I posted above is really striking and confusing for a few reasons. I agree that we are interacting with a "lifeless machine" in order to get things done, but that does not define what we do on the internet. The internet is used to communicate with multiple people from all over the world for multiple reasons, so I think degrading a computer into a lifeless machine is not conducive to understanding it or appreciating how powerful it is. The internet is special and helpful for many reasons and I think that it's very easy for people to look over it as just interacting with a machine, but the interaction with a machine leads to meaningful interactions with other people.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Gallery Talk: Expressions of Blackness

The gallery talk I attended was "Expressions of Blackness" in February during Black History Month. As seen in these photos, there were some serious issues raised on campus about race. I learned a lot about the SMCM campus through this event. Most notably, the amount of racism on campus when people are able to hide behind anonymity. The YikYaks, as seen above, are crude and disgusting. The Expressions of Blackness gallery installation starts a dialogue with the campus. People are forced to recognize the racism and disgrace that is seen all around our campus and even on social media.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

TADO: Vector Artist

(Merriweather Post Pavilion editorial spread for Animal Collective)
(Large scale mural and characters for the ‘Celebration Europe‘ Star Wars 30th anniversary event in London)


Mike and Katie make up the design duo, better known to the world as TADO. Based in Sheffield, UK, this pint-sized creative powerhouse has produced an endless list of darkly adorable characters, artwork and projects that have terrorized and delighted individuals and clients world wide for over a decade. Started in 2001 when the pair began to work together at university, TADO quickly became an established name through their unique style, humour, illustrations, animations, and toy designs. Everything they do is produced in total collaboration – whether it be taking turns in drawing, painting, drilling, glueing, scribbling or clicking.

TADO is two people, Mike and Katie, based in Sheffield, UK who have a distinct eye-catching style to their vector art. They design mainly posters for bands, concerts, and have large scale clients such as Xbox and MTV. Morphing both colorful imagery with the bizarre, TADO brings to life a new dimension of vector art.

The first piece, a work highlighting the psychedelic nature of the experimental band Animal Collective, has multitudes of themes. The animals on stage reference one of the stage names of members in the band-- Panda Bear. The band prides itself on its unique, strange sound and this piece exemplifies that. The neon colors clash with the strange imagery and the display of a team of animals performing a show. Additionally, the image is referencing Merriweather Post Pavilion--an album by Animal Collective and also a popular concert venue in MD. Overall, the piece creates a strange feeling in me. The cute animals are juxtaposed to their strange environment and attire.