May 3 - June 3 2006
curated by Marisa Olson

RX Gallery
132 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA, (415) 756-8825
Gallery hours: WED - SAT 2:00pm - 6:00pm or by appointment

Opening Reception: Wednesday May 3rd, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Featuring live music and visual performance by
Eats Tapes & Nate Boyce

The GIF Show takes the pulse of what some net surfers have dubbed 'GIF Luv,' a recent frenzy of file-sharing and creative muscle-flexing associated with GIFs (Graphic Interchange Format files). Curated by Rhizome Editor & Curator at Large, Marisa Olson, the show presents GIFs and GIF-based videos, prints, readymades, and sculptures by Cory Arcangel, Peter Baldes, Michael Bell-Smith, Jimpunk, Olia Lialina, Abe Linkoln, Guthrie Lonergan, Lovid, Tom Moody, Paper Rad, Paul Slocum, and Matt Smear (aka 893/umeancompetitor).

GIFs have a rich cultural life on the internet and each bears specific stylistic markers. From Myspace graphics to advertising images to porn banners, and beyond, GIFs overcome resolution and bandwidth challenges in their pervasive population of the net. Animated GIFs, in particular, have evolved from a largely cinematic, cell-based form of art practice, and have more recently been incorporated in music videos and employed as stimulating narrative devices on blogs. From the flashy to the minimal, the sonic to the silent, the artists in The GIF Show demonstrate the diversity of forms to be found in GIFs, and many of them comment on the broader social life of these image files.

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