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Blunt Admission: I have failed, to the present moment, to do much in the animated gif department, and look here for nothing recent. Though I had hopes of pursuing animated gifs as a calling (or business) card, I do not see them as often on Facebook as before. I have read remarks from those who regard them as annoying when they show up in emails, although my gifs possess, perhaps, a little more substance.

I have a long history of creating biomorphic transformations which, as subject matters, readily lends itself to short animation.

Squid Tongue (2008)

Two animated gifs of different length that run simultaneously. This might pass as a novel, time-tensed concept. The cartoony content, however, would prevent it from being regarded as “modern art” in the rarefied sense.

 

Snail Pipe (1983)

A series of pencil drawings I made as an undergraduate at Memphis State University. (They are significantly larger than this gif.) This is my first attempt at biomorphism. The idea was inspired by Rene Magritte’s The Treachery of Images, whose bottom caption read: Ceci n’est pas une pipe, or “This is not a pipe.” I wrote this infamous French phrase on the last drawing.

During this time of my life, I was fully immersed in European and American Modernism, and inspiration shows up in different studio classes in different ways. I saw myself as a processor of information and not as someone working in or stealing from a dead style. Truly I never had a style, although many were assigned to my work by others.

 

Eye Browse (1996)

Taken from a comic from Epic Dermis n1. I have added color to separate the individual elements.

 

Elephant Alergy (2008)

A fragment lifted from an abandoned SWF.

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