Everybody knows and loves the fake Ghostface Killah blog where the author annually lists the “Top Ten Softest Rappers in the Game.” While the rap game is certainly tough, it pales in comparison to the dark underbelly of the internet art community. When net artists leave the safety of the web, they get drunk, take copious amounts of drugs, get into fights, and fuck each others’ girlfriends and boyfriends like it’s a Bret Easton Ellis novel. So, to pay tribute to whoever writes that brilliant Ghostface blog, and to illuminate some of the politics of the net art world to the general public (who likes paintings and/or ceramics), I present to you:
The Jogging’s Tumblr is like some indoor kid’s delusional projection fantasy about what sports probably feel like. Besides that, it’s filled with images of zebras wearing pizzas, Crocs, houseplants, and mirrors. Even its name is like the softest exercise that somebody can do besides a 3K Fun Run/Walk. The people who run it have names that look like the guest list for a screening of The Graduate on Tommy Fucking Hilfiger’s yacht: Artie and Brad and Haley and Jesse and Joshua and Lauren and Norm and Rachel and Spencer.
Murphy’s also in this batshit crazy noise project called MSHR with Birch Cooper, and that shit isn’t soft at all, which is why she’s only at #9. Her weird three-dimensional digital collages and shit are totally psychedelic, but they still feel like a book of my aunt’s wallpaper samples fed through a seapunk filter that I’m checking out while trying to get laid in Second Life. I do like to look at her work because it makes me feel like I’m on drugs, but it’s like I’m on drugs that make me soft (weed, psychedelics) not drugs that make me hard (coke, Beezin’).
I don’t even think these two motherfuckers count as net artists because Birk paints and Delmar is a corporation, but it’s like I look at Facebook for about two seconds and suddenly I’m the third in their relationship. Do they live in Mexico City? Paris? Brussels? Nobody fucking knows because it’s just an unending slideshow of travel pics which are 100% the softest kind of pics that exist. The hardest pics are obviously selfies, doge, and that stoner alpaca.
If there’s anything softer than Anime, it’s art history. In Hayes’ work, these two ostensibly disparate worlds collide and it’s even less brutal than that Powerman 5000 song (I’m saying that they’re not a very tough heavy metal band). Don’t get me wrong, I like Jeanette Hayes personally. But if I were in a burning building on the tenth floor and had to leap out of the window, I’d pray to the heavens that there was a pile of her paintings to land on in the street below (I’m saying that her paintings are soft and I’d be safer if I landed on them).
Jerome LOL is a young artist who found his niche in reappropriating GIFs and images from the early days of the internet—a time he calls web 1.0. His work hits a certain nostalgic nerve, and if you remember Rihanna’sSNL performance with the dolphins in the background, then you’re already familiar with what Jerome is all about.
When I asked San Francisco-based photographer Oscar Santos for a few words to describe his work, he said: “It always fucks with my mind when people start to talk about photography in classical terms like the depth of perspective and other stupid things like that, you know? To me, all photography is about is light and surface, because that’s what we are.”
Which, conversely, I found to be pretty deep. Enjoy his pictures of hot women doing drugs.
Last Friday, The Creators Project’s Global Editor Julia Kaganskiy put together a blog post in response to Bruce Sterling’s “Essay On The New Aesthetic”—an oration to a new emerging visual movement that’s quickly making waves across the internet. Being a clothes whore with a vendetta for style that’s “so bad it’s good,” I decided to do a little fleshing out of what implications the New Aesthetic has for fashion.
As a medium that’s re-invented at least twice a year and constantly referencing past decades, the idea of the New Aesthetic (NA) is at once a challenge and a welcome breath of fresh air to the world of fashion.
But as Sterling mentioned, designers must move beyond the surface if they’re really going to embrace the NA.
Moving Beyond The Digital
It’s like what we’ve been seeing with digital prints, which essentially copy and paste designs from the computer and render them onto physical clothing to give the illusion of different textures or fabrics. This method seems to be the current lowest common dominator as far as reaching towards the NA goes—that, and putting pixels on everything.
The most widespread example out there illustrating the digital print phenomenon is the Comme des Garçons Junya Watanabe MAN x Levis “jeans,” but I think a better one (and a more fashion-y one at that) can be found in Jeremy Scott’s F/W 2012 collection. For fall, he’s designed pants made to look like Mac keyboards, sweatshirts and tees bedazzled with pixelated emoticons, and a Tumblr page-printed sweatsuit, among other spastic, 90s neon pieces.