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‘STUDIO VISIT’ BY NICOLAS SASSOON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Vancouver, Canada based Nicolas Sassoon has been working on massive GIFs that span the width of a browser and actually require scrolling. His latest work, Studio Visit, depicts a studio space complete with wall panels, a brick fireplace, and multiple LCD screens. Today Sassoon is one of the most interesting artists working in the field of GIF-making and new media. He shows all over the world and has been included in exhibitions at the New Museum, the Museum of the Moving Image, and the New Orleans biennial Prospect.

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The body of work Sassoon has been producing there is called Pandora, which is the name of the street where the artist has lived, off and on, for the past four years. The series’ title also refers to small actions that have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences, and perhaps even to the darkness of the Internet. Sassoon’s pared-down aesthetic reflects that somber mood.

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JELLY GUMMIES BY SAM LYON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Dundee based Scotish artist Sam Lyon creates incredible Jelly Gummies GIFs that are three-dimensional and full of texture. Every face-crease, every stomach bulge, every wobbly bit is so over-pronounced, and moves as if it’s full of goo.

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He usually starts off with a photo of a dog or a toy or a persons face and work from there, sometimes it’s just a case of opening up a program and seeing what happens. He uses Sculptris and Blender to make everything. Sculptris is a free digital sculpting program that’s really easy to use with a graphics tablet and Blender is a great free modeling/ sculpting/ animation/ rendering program that he uses to add any final touches to the sculpted model and arrange the scene.

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DYNAMIC ILLUSTRATIONS BY CARI VANDER YACHT

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based Cari Vander Yacht is an illustrator and gif maker creating dynamic, fun and relevant images. Her work comprises color, texture, and funny faces – all wrapped up to produce amusing, story-driven animations. Working with a combination of illustration and photography, Cari creates animations that draw inspiration from her everyday life; from people on her block to quiet moments at home and the little jokes that pop up between.

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Since 2009, Vander Yacht has displayed her work as part of solo and group shows in both her home state and in places as far-flung from Oregon as Lianzhou City, China.

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COLORFUL PIECES BY TYLER SPANGLER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Tyler Spangler is a designer, visual artist and punk enthusiast from Huntington Beach, California. Through his work, he plays with color and animation, often interposing bright color with aged black and white photos— merging different worlds together and bringing old-fashioned two-dimension photography into the age of color and gifs. He describes his way of working as “a bit obsessive”, at one point creating as many as 2,000 pieces in one year and sharing them.

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CONCEPTUAL ILLUSTRATION BY ERIK CARTER

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York City based Erik Carter’s work is both aesthetically provocative and conceptually driven. The graphic designer and art director graduated as a CD major in 2011 and has gone on to work for MTV, The New York Times, andThe Office of Paul Sahre. His book covers and illustrations have received notable recognition in the design world and beyond.

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