The animated GIF is a medium born of the digital age. But this artist’s mechanised flipbook project is a combination of frame-by-frame animation and kinetic sculpture — an infinite loop for a simpler time.
Brooklyn based artist Juan Fontanive’s creations are part film, part sculpture. Each frame is hand-painted and housed inside a mechanism built from found parts of clocks and pushbikes. The endlessly looping tableaus are like real-world GIFs that you can mount to a wall.
You can purchase one of Fontanive’s one-of-a-kind works from the New Museum for a cool $US7000. Art! At least the subject matter is a bit more refined than your run-of-the-mill GIF of Miley Cyrus twerking. [Vimeo via This Is Colossal]