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Wotaken: “Dancing Man Wearing a Horse Mask Cooks Wild Mushrooms”

Wotken: “Naked Horse Mask Man At The Beach”

Sarraceniaalata (youtube name): “JAPAN ERECTION”

James Unsworth: “Pizza Time”

Within the world of youtube, you run into an area where the peculiarity of people (especially when they are alone) melds with artistic intent. These performances are usually pretty contextless and confusing, both Wotaken and Sarraceniaalata (whom I only know through his youtube name) are enigmatic, yet both make this type of work. James Unsworth’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle series of performances (depicting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in extremely sexual and often violent situations) exist on youtube, but he doesn’t actually link it with his other work. There is a surprising amount of contexless and often bizarre performance art on youtube, primarily because it doesn’t really have anywhere else to go. I think this highlights the variety of youtube where you can see cats and personal blogs, but also stumble upon videos like this. My question then becomes what happens to videos like this, which are almost performances just done for no other reason than “because” yet are evidently performance art exist within the same realm as the personal blogs and the cat and baby videos?

Independently filmed western in upstate NY. Filmed on 19mm film. Apparently they have a hiatus on their project, dont know if they plan to go back to it but anyway the videos have a nice aesthetic to them. I showed the Jeffigy in class, but apparently the video has vanished so i will post a couple more videos. The guys of this group are very open about being “artists”. While their videos are aesthetically interesting, the question of then being “fine art” is a little tougher.

Posting about my second presentation on webcomics:

First one is Hyperbole and a Half which fuses biography and personal blog. Allie (the author) accompanies anecdotal stories about her life (past and present) with rudimentary illustrations, which results in surprisingly relatable, comical and at times touching stories. Although it is hard to categorize it as “fine art” because it is truly literature at its core, her works have had a large popularity throughout the internet and is worth mentioning.
Her Blog: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/

Two of her very Widespread images

Next webcomic is Axe Cop, which has a pretty heavy reliance on its concept. The idea of Axe Cop is illustration by a 29 year old (Ethan Nicolle) and narrated by his 5 year old brother (Malachai Nicolle). Although Axe Cop hardly exists within a realm of “art” as a webcomic which is inherently conceptual it offers its own outlook on the genre.
Site: http://axecop.com/

Next is Dinosaur Comics which is a webcomic with an extensive history: originally started February 1st 2003, Ryan North the writer decided to work with the same image and to repurpose it for each comic. Totaling roughly 20 a month for the last 9 years and without using a different image for any, this webcomic has a sort of perseverance to it which is rare. It has a sort of conceptual merit behind it through its hard work and dedication.
Site: http://www.qwantz.com/index.php

1st Comic

The last is Garfield Minus Garfield a webcomic dedicated to the repurposing of garfield comics to reveal a more existential crisis through the removal of the character garfield. Similarly to conceptual art, this series takes an initial source and through their editing give it a greater purpose than it initially possessed. The end result are very “real” almost, as their mission statement: “Garfield Minus Garfield is a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb.” These comics end up very human and identifiable and they change the relationship we the viewer have with Jon Arbuckle, who in a sense becomes us.
Site: http://garfieldminusgarfield.net/



The This is It Collective is a group of designers/animators who have made a bunch of different videos. Their videos tend to have a simultaneous playful/unsettling/dark feeling, especially videos like:

“Dont Hug Me I’m Scared”

Their videos have a handmade and felt like look to them which gives the work an almost childlike feeling, but also have a high degree of craftsmanship and quality.

“Bad Things That Could Happen”

Video I mentioned in class about the guy who invented artist personas for his show. As artists i think everyone should see this video, it says volumes about potential creativity and critiques a possible lack of creativity within the art world:

“TED Shea Hembrey: How I Became 100 Artists”

Max here, so my first presentation was on Cyriak, so i here is his site: http://www.cyriak.co.uk/ I like the notion of cycling and patterns, theres something almost poetic in a sense of a full cycle so his work has always been very interesting to me. Below are a couple personal favorites, especially the one titled Cycles, that to me is one of the most elaborate.

“Baaa”

“We Got More (ESKMO Music Video)”

“Cows & Cows & Cows”

“Cycles”