Pictures That I Gone and Done – Online Art Review

By Kane Laing

Throughout history the birth of new medias and new mediums has transformed the world of art. Perhaps the most transformative medium in history has been the internet. Can anyone with a media platform be an artist? What happens when everyone can have a media platform?

Chris Simpson Artist 2

‘Pictures That I Gone and Done’ by Chris (Simpson Artist) is an example of what once would be considered an outsider with a cult following, but with the internet he is now just a niche part of a mainstream media flow that doesn’t exist in the same way outside of cyberspace. Chris (Simpson Artist) produces digital drawings of mainly Simpsons characters, and also celebrities (especially in response to current events). But the images are disturbing, creepy and hilarious. With captions like: “get bent saggy” for Osama Bin Laden, “Yes we didn’t” for Obama, “I love skin, yes I knew” for Shrei and Trei of the Simpsons show.

It is something about combination of eyes, mouths and teeth with these captions that has a unique creepy-hilarious flavour. The captions and text has a distinct language also; his captions are always one long rambling sentence, with an obsession with certain words like idiot and loads, or body parts, or actions such as ‘lying down’. There is something so satisfying about seeing familiar characters or celebrities turned into these beautiful monstrosities with incredibly bizarre dialogue captions that can sometimes seem incredibly innocent. It feels too acutely aware of itself to be 100% genuine, but it doesn’t detract anything for me.

houston we have got a problem because the first ever man to have a walk on the moon neil amrstrongs has died. i think that it is always sad when a man dies and has to hold his wifes hand and say good bye to his wife and children for one very last time but i think it is even much more sadder when a man dies who has been and seen so much further and longer away than so many others could ever dream of in all of their dreams and since i was a little boy or 6 i have always gone and lay in my garden at night time and have a look up at the moon and when i look at the moon i always say inside of my head that a man lived on the moon once and i always say once really quickly so it is like i am being chased and even though he only lived on the moon for a few hours i think that we will see his face looking down at us for the rest of time whenever we have a look up at the moon and i know that tonight when it is the night time and i go outside of my house and i look up towards the moon in the deep and black and never ending blanket of space i will see neil armstrongs face looking down at me and he will be laughing his head off because he will think that i look so tiny because he is so far away from me and i will tell him that he isnt even far away at all because i know that whenever the glow from the moon lights up my bedroom at night time i know that it is just neil armstrong kneeling right next to my bed staring at me while i sleep and keeping me safe. good bye neil armstrong i will see you again soon my man in the moon. Chris (Simpsons artist) xox

houston we have got a problem because the first ever man to have a walk on the moon neil amrstrongs has died. i think that it is always sad when a man dies and has to hold his wifes hand and say good bye to his wife and children for one very last time but i think it is even much more sadder when a man dies who has been and seen so much further and longer away than so many others could ever dream of in all of their dreams and since i was a little boy or 6 i have always gone and lay in my garden at night time and have a look up at the moon and when i look at the moon i always say inside of my head that a man lived on the moon once and i always say once really quickly so it is like i am being chased and even though he only lived on the moon for a few hours i think that we will see his face looking down at us for the rest of time whenever we have a look up at the moon and i know that tonight when it is the night time and i go outside of my house and i look up towards the moon in the deep and black and never ending blanket of space i will see neil armstrongs face looking down at me and he will be laughing his head off because he will think that i look so tiny because he is so far away from me and i will tell him that he isnt even far away at all because i know that whenever the glow from the moon lights up my bedroom at night time i know that it is just neil armstrong kneeling right next to my bed staring at me while i sleep and keeping me safe. good bye neil armstrong i will see you again soon my man in the moon. Chris (Simpsons artist) xox

But is it art? How isn’t it art? Within an institutional framework it would probably be considered “outsider art”. But on the internet there is no such thing, I reckon. It’s a level playing field in cyberspace. For this sort of “art” that has been birthed by the internet, there is a link in the works content to its medium. The internet is inherent in what the work is and how it travels, and it may not survive in any other form. Chris (Simpson Artist) originally used facebook as his mode of dissemination but now also uses other avenues such as twitter and his official website where he sells merchandise with his images printed on it. It is a far cry from the Tate modern, but something about it’s humanity, innocence, hilarity and disturbing strangeness that makes it so compelling. As any great art is.

All images are by Chris (Simpson Artist), taken from his facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSimpsonsArt

https://twitter.com/getbentsaggy

http://picturesthatigoneanddone.bigcartel.com/

#0000FF – Gallery Review

By Maddy Plimmer

(screenshot by Maddy Plimmer)

#0000FF

4298 likes is as good as 4298 visitors to a gallery that exists entirely on Facebook. #0000FF is a non-profit art gallery space that focuses on net art, 3D rendered art and a particular shade of blue. The hexadecimal colour #0000ff is made up of purely blue. It is a shade of blue seen frequently in computer displays, which is difficult to imitate outside of a digital screen. What a light emitting pixel can do, is very different to what paint can do. Aesthetically speaking, the choice of blue for the gallery also sits harmoniously against the Facebook template, which certainly adds visually to the experience of the online gallery.

Several of the artworks have never existed in physical space. They were created digitally, and then displayed digitally, which is certainly referential of how the introduction of the Internet changed the distribution and storage of information. The gallery’s goal was to promote art of emerging new media and net artists, through the format of a Facebook fan page. This format is definitely fitting for the types of works being exhibited, as a lot of the works are made referencing the Internet and digital technology. However, I also feel this format lends something to the theme of the space, as it situates all the works in a context of social media. The works are most usually viewed in amongst viral videos, trending articles, Buzzfeed quizzes and whatever else might make up your newsfeed. It quite literally situates the works in popular culture, comparing, relating and contrasting them to the culture of the moment. Though all the works can be seen together, in isolation from the rest of the posts in newsfeed, they are still framed by Facebook advertising, suggested pages and likes. Discussing these art pieces in a Facebook framework could be seen as to alter the way in which we interpret them. Discussion is sometimes even completely eliminated from these works, as the ‘like’ function operates as a way for the viewer to state their satisfaction with the work without words. Overall, #0000FF’s exhibition space places its works in a relevant and unique space, opening itself up to a wide audience and fresh interpretations.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/h0000ff