Eye Candy (2)
By: Peggy Nelson | Categories: Kudos, Most Visited

Never fear, some mind candy too.

The glitch has something to say to painting, and it is saying it.


[Warhol self-portrait, from glitchnews, via LRJP!]

And painting is talking back. Enda O’Donoghue creates paintings sourced from photographs found on the internet, digital artifacts and all. Not all of his work is about the artifact, but when artifact is present it is not corrected out as a mistake; rather, it is celebrated as an attribute of image equal to any other.


[Journeying, Enda O’Donoghue, 2009]


[Reflection, Enda O’Donoghue, 2010]

The design group No-Domain recently sponsored a video cross-processing workshop where students used old televisions, phone cameras, scanners, and other materials like acetate and water, to create some very painterly, analogue-looking glitch work; this video shows some of the results.


[Workshop, Video Cross Processing, No-Domain and students, 2011. More images can be found at Triangulation Blog.]

Sergio Albiac has developed what he calls “generative video painting” using Processing, an open-source programming language, to create portraits “painted” with video snippets.


[Content is Queen, Sergio Albiac, 2011]

But perhaps the most “natural” use of the glitch is in animated gifs, as shown in these works by @LRJP!:


[Broken Icon, LRJP!, 2011]


[“long flowing hair, a faint grin and discernible facial features are stippled in a pattern of red dots”, LRJP!, 2011]

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Peggy Nelson is Arts Editor at HiLobrow, covering art, art-makers, and the virtual life; she was also HiLobrow's first Artist in Residence. She is a new media artist whose work involves fractured narratives in film, augmented reality, Twitter, and even objects on occasion. Follow her on Twitter at @otolythe.