Young photographer Kevin Welsh explores the dark turns the mind can take with his recent body of work, which focuses on the theme of delusion. In his latest pieces, Welsh turns still photographs into hypnotizing GIFs filled with dizzying patterns meant to illustrate obsessions spinning out of control. “In isolation, the mind can move and believe many different things. Delusions manifest and become inescapable,” wrote Welsh in an email to Hi-Fructose. “The removal of the figure is to show the idea of a person and to try to find understanding in delusion. Repeat patterns are seemingly never ending and are used to display the reaffirmation in our minds of the delusions we face.” Welsh is currently completing his degree in printmaking at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and we look forward to seeing how his work develops.
Since its inception, Hollywood has shown us an image of unattainable youth and glamour, though quite frankly, French collage artist Matthieu Bourel doesn’t seem too impressed. Whether in his hand-cut collages or entrancing animated GIFs, Bourel deconstructs images of models and actors of a bygone era. He splices divas’ head shots with anatomical diagrams, peeling away what looks like layers of skin to reveal veins and eyeballs. In other works, faces come off like masks only to reveal more removable faces underneath. Bourel’s bizarre and slightly morbid work points to the illusions of the entertainment industry. He makes his viewers cognizant of the absurdity of our celebrity-obsessed culture through his strange sense of humor.
While GIFs have yet to find an established place in the art world, they’re fascinating because they have the potential to go beyond the frozen image in two dimensions. Texas artist Hayden Zezula, aka Zolloc, works as a designer and animator by day, but has an expansive portfolio of animated GIFs that will cause chills to creep down your spine. His latest series, titled “Oswra,” features a cast of mutated babies with pale gray skin. Their multiplying limbs move in geometric arrangements that are both hypnotizing and frightening. Take a look below.
Somewhere on the scale of lovable to repulsive lie Sam Lyon’s “Jelly Gummies,” a series of experimental digital illustrations and GIFs the tickle the senses. These 3D-looking creatures make you want to reach out and poke your computer screen to feel their squishy texture, only to quickly recoil at their intestine-like sliminess. The jolly blobs flop and wiggle in Lyon’s repetitive, animated GIFs. But the illustrator and designer puts them to another surprising use: clothing and textile designs. Many of the Jelly Gummies are featured in repeating patterns that he plans to make into fabrics, adding another dimension to his otherwise multi-sensory work.
The street artist known as INSA combines two unlikely art forms to hypnotic effect. The artist describes it saying, “online meets offline, hand painted animated street art”. Using several layers of paint, retouching, and multiple photographs INSA produces the illusion of an undulating street art mural. The laborious process results in several photographs of different versions of the same mural that are then combined to create an animated GIF. The peculiar process allows for a real indoor and outdoor component to street art which contrasts online and off, digital and analog. See more of the animated GIFs after the jump.
Henrique Lima works as an artist, illustrator and designer based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He often creates artwork as half of the drawing group known as Mulheres Barbadas or the Bearded Ladies. For this series titled Mestre Fungo (which, if I’m up on my Portuguese, means “Fungus Master”), Lima took his illustration to the computer screen to create animated GIFs. The series consists of a number of brightly colored and disturbingly surreal portraits. Skin drips, stripes on clothing wander, ears and tongues endlessly flap – all as if nightmarish versions of the cartoons of our childhood. Check out more of Henrique Lima’s animated GIFs after the jump.