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Duck Motherfucker!: Misinformation, Conspiracy In Net-Inspired Art

Duck Motherfucker!: Misinformation, Conspiracy In Net-Inspired Art

In his new exhibition at Foxy Productions, Michael Bell-Smith explores the ways in which the anything-goes-free-speech-zone of the internet can result in chaotic misinformation and mindless call-and-response.

The exhibition takes its title from the classic Looney Tunes short, Rabbit Season, Duck Season. Elmer Fudd is “hunting wabbits,” because it’s rabbit season. Daffy Duck is hanging around, feeling safe because it’s not hunting season for ducks, but wily Bugs Bunny decides to confuse Fudd by yelling, “Duck Season.” Daffy then jumps in and yells, “Rabbit Season!” Each time, Fudd points his barrel away from the character proclaiming the new hunting season, but Bugs turns the tables and yells, “Rabbit Season!,” confusing Daffy into saying the wrong thing and getting his face blown off.Looney_tune_gif_rabbit

Bell-Smith seems to be indicating that a similar fate could be on the horizon for our society. In the back of the gallery, he installed a video re-interpretation of the Looney Tunes bit that morphs from animated Chuck Jones-esque landscapes to a ping-ponging Newton’s Cradle. Each time a bouncing ball hits the three in the center, a subtitle says either “Marco” or “Polo,” until they are mixed up and rearranged.

The call-and-response confusion is echoed in the main gallery where Bell-Smith has hung colorful abstracts and acrylic pieces that resemble web pages. The same quote is written on each piece: “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.” Each time the quote appears, it’s attributed to a different famous person — just like all of those quotes your aunt emails you, or your friends post on Facebook.

 

obama_pee_conspiracyBell-Smith’s work recalls the collaboration between Edward Marshall Shenk and Brad Troemel in which they remix conspiracy theory memes until they’re complete nonsense. Shenk and Troemel make connections using the common conspiracy meme aesthetic — a black background, poorly edited photos of political figures, bad fonts, and red arrows — but they render the connections meaningless. The hilarious part of the project is that right-wing nuts started posting them on websites and Tumblrs, taking them seriously. The theories proposed are so insane, one assumes these conspiracy people just see a certain format with a picture of Obama beside Osama and they reflexively click share.

 

Both Bell-Smith’s series and the conspiracy series tell us that our new “informed” public consists of rapid fire assumptions, re-blogs, misquotes and error. The question that is put to the audience is, ‘are you already a member of this club that you would never wittingly join?’

Michael Bell-Smith, Rabbit Season, Duck Season at Foxy Productions from October 10th to November 26th (Photos: Foxy Productions, Edward Marshall Shenk)

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Author:Rhett Jones

Watch Zach Galifianakis Give Brad Pitt A Super Thoughtful Gift

Watch Zach Galifianakis Give Brad Pitt A Super Thoughtful Gift

The only comical thing on website Funny or Die — Zach Galifianakis’ show Between Two Fernsposted its latest episode, which features an interview with Brad Pitt. The two actors discuss a bunch of nonsensical things and then, to make things even more purposefully awkward, comedian Louie C.K. comes out with some jokes about the subway, rats, and Ebola. But the best part is when Galifianakis offers Pitt a present that needs no unwrapping, obviously — “it’s a bassoon.”

Pitt palms the gift like a well-seasoned champ and explains that he’s a dad now. “We don’t bassoon in my house anymore.” Be sure to watch to the end, when things get really sticky.

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Author:Bucky Turco

Creepytings On The Run After Taking Graffiti To National Parks

Creepytings On The Run After Taking Graffiti To National Parks

After hitting 10 national parks, a graffiti artist has come to the attention of the Feds and they’ve begun investigating.

An Instagram account using the name Creepytings has been posting images of artwork done in either chalk or acrylic, but was abruptly deactivated by the user. According to an L.A. Times report, the account belongs to Casey Nocket, who was asked by a commenter if the work was done with chalk. She replied that it was acrylic, adding, “I know I’m a bad person.” Many of the works definitely look like chalk, though.

The National Park Service announced that they were looking into incidents in five states. If charged, Creepytings could be looking at a federal misdemeanor with jail time and a fine.

Considering that painting on stone walls is the world’s oldest art form and that graffiti has traditionally been about the artist being inspired by their environment, it’s surprising that this doesn’t happen more often. (Photo: Casey Nocket)

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Author:Rhett Jones

Artist Trolls Mark Zuckerberg On Facebook Campus Perfectly

Artist Trolls Mark Zuckerberg On Facebook Campus Perfectly

L.A.-based artist Matthew LaPenta is back at it again with his Facebook-trolling art, but this time he’s brought it directly to the source: posting up on the social media giant’s campus.

In an homage to Orwell’s 1984 character, LaPlenta has dedicated his latest piece to Facebook founder and fluent speaker of Chinese Mark Zuckerberg by plastering his face on homemade streets signs that declare “Big Brother Is Watching You.”

LaPlenta has been making Facebook-related art for the past three years, including an exhibit at an L.A. gallery in 2013. But he said he’s much prouder of his latest incarnations, which can be seen in the gallery above.

“I think I’ve honed it in more with these and gave them better context,” he said.

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LaPlenta dropped by the campus two weekends ago to post four other pieces, and this is where they were all installed:

Big Brother was installed next to their newly constructed headquarters
Neighborhood Watch was installed down the street at the entrance to Menlo Park
– T-shirts were handed out at Silicon Valley Art Fair
Mutilated Thumb was installed at the Menlo Park Skate Park
Share/Take was hung at the entrance to their office

LaPlenta said he used different types of materials for the various pieces, with some “designed on the computer and then printed onto aluminum at a sign factory. Some are traditional canvases with acrylic paint. And the t-shirts are screen printed and hand painted.”

It’s unclear if his pieces are still up.

“I got fed up with my own addiction and the way Facebook treats its users,” LaPlenta told ANIMAL in an email.

“The funny thing is I still use Facebook as a communication platform, I just don’t believe in some of their practices and the way they actively exploit their users.”

(Photos: Matthew LaPenta)

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Author:Amy K. Nelson

Shocking Video of Man Who Set Himself Ablaze While Preparing Hookah Tobacco

Shocking Video of Man Who Set Himself Ablaze While Preparing Hookah Tobacco

On Tuesday, a severely burned Brooklyn man died. Saram Mohammed,22, was reportedly drying some of that stuff people smoke in hookahs, when something went very, very wrong. According to the Daily News, he was “mixing acetone and coconut oil” for an “upcoming hookah binge,” and his clothes burst into flames after fumes from the acetone were ignited by the the pilot light on the water heater.

Video footage shows the 22-year-old running across the street, pants (and shirt) on fire, underneath the elevated F line in Borough Park. He almost runs into a truck and then a woman as he continues down the block, consumed in smoke. Mohammed was eventually extinguished by local residents and taken to the hospital. He had burns over 90% of his body and later died from his injuries.

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Author:Bucky Turco

Today’s Pigeon

Today's Pigeon

Joel and Sam, Chinatown. (Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)

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NEWS: Rosemary Mayer (1943–2014)


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NEWS: Wellesley College’s Davis Museum Appoints New Curators


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NEWS: Venice Biennale Announces Title and “Filters”


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FILM: State of Play


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NEWS: Albright-Knox Art Gallery Plans Expansion


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DIARY: Roller Models


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NEWS: Mark Bradford Among LA MoCA’s Four New Trustees


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NEWS: Rebounding after Flood Damage, University of Iowa Art Museum Finds New Site and Developer


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Wednesday Links: Trouble in Canada!

Gianna Commito's, "Brig" on paddle8. Starting bid: $1,750.00

Gianna Commito’s, “Brig” on Paddle8. Starting bid: $1,750.00

  • The countdown is on! You’ve got until Thursday, 6 pm to place your bids in our paddle8 auction. Do not miss this. [Paddle8]
  • There’s no stopping the “amenities” coming to the Lower East Side’s waterfront. Nancy Ortiz, the Resident Associate President of the public housing project Vladek Houses– which happen to be on the Lower East Side waterfront– spoke up last night about the fancy new revamps to Pier42. “[W]e are a community tired of being ignored … [kayaks] don’t fit into the demographic of our community”, she said. [Curbed]
  • A London power list of powerful people in the arts. No big surprises here. Of the handful of visual arts entries, there’s Amanda Sharp, Sarah Lucas, and Ben Vickers, digital curator at Serpentine. Basically, artists should win a Turner Prize and professionals should work at the Tate or Serpentine. (Writers, bloggers, and alt spaces, forget it.) Our suspicions about circular glassesstand the test of time.[The London Evening Standard, via artnet News]
  • Trouble in Canada: Parliment Hill’s Centre Block is in lockdown after shots were fired in the building and a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial was shot. [The Globe and Mail]
  • The Albright Knox is expanding. [The Art Newspaper]
  • Sotheby’s is creating a new category to handle sales of 20th century art. The hope is to boost sales in the under developed market of modernist works from countries across Europe and around the Mediterranean. These works are by artists who have a strong regional following but are not yet part of the international mainstream. [The Art Market Monitor]
  • A good reason to head to Philadelphia (aside from this) is a retrospective reviving the century-long career of a female Jewish Ashcan School painter Theresa Bernstein. According to theartblog, curator Gail Levin posits that she was unfairly left out of history for her gender and religion. Maybe. [The artblog]
  • Another article questioning whether biennials can rejuvenate economies. This one is about New Orleans. [The Art Newspaper]
  • Has been circulating around the Internets for a few days: King Tut had several congenital deformities which may have led to his early death. More evidence has emerged that his parents were siblings. [Tabloidy images at the Daily Mail; Research from the BBC documentary]

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