Net Work I.R.L. (in this room)



STATION Gallery Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT) 3001 S. Flower Street Los Angeles, CA 90007

Reception: Wednesday, February 15th, 8:30–10 pm 

Helen Adamidou
Anthony Antonellis
Jeff Baij
Chris Coy
Jasper Elings
Lois Hopwood
Jordan Levine
Guthrie Lonergan
Erik Peterson
QIL
david SZAKALY
slothwave
Kathleen Stevenson
Joshua Caleb Weibley

Organized by Donnie Cervantes

Exhibition designed with QIL

 

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GIF is one of those computer words commonly used but rarely spoken. If I assume a general user, I opt for the more popular hard “G” /gif/ instead of the original /dʒɪf/ as in “gym”. To a hard G’s defense the G does stand for “Graphics”. However, the acronym’s own inventors have always emphatically stressed that it should sound like “Jif” the peanut butter. So “Jif” it is when I’m being choosy. Even then I tentatively amend that under my breath with a hard “G” to play things safe. I know this is internet nerd esoterica, but it underscores my point: that the word’s phonetic oscillations nicely evoke its temporal, oft-animated situation across multiple states. Visually and semantically, the GIF loops back on itself and the speaker like an unsure ouroboros forever updating its own tail.

 

–Chris Coy

 

Image: Erik Peterson, Rendering Error (Sunset), gif, 2012.