Make Pictures

21 Mar 2018 – 25 Mar 2018

bitforms gallery

New York
New York, United States


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bitforms gallery is pleased to present Make Pictures, featuring four web-based drawing and animation tools commissioned by GIPHY Arts and curated by artist Jeffrey Alan Scudder.


Works on view and available to use include Sketch Machine by Casey Reas, Extinctr by Harm van den Dorpel, Eyemall by Withering Systems, and Boopy by Andrew Benson. Pictures created by gallery visitors using the tools will be displayed in the gallery for the duration of the show. 

Sketch Machine by Casey Reas is an open source software for creating freehand animations in real time or frame by frame. The user can draw with different colored points, lines, and planes and modify qualities of the animation such as jitter, speed, and playback. Animations can be exported as GIFs and circulated online. Sketch Machine is created within the tradition of direct animation works by Len Lye and Stan Brakhage and exploratory drawing software like Kid Pix and TURUX.

Extinctr is a pixel sorting algorithm and web tool by Harm van den Dorpel that accepts any image as input, and outputs an animated vertical decomposition of that image into a pixelated mound. The user can control the speed of the dismantling procedure (scatter) and record any duration of the process to export as a GIF.

The Eyemall is a toy by Withering Systems for creating an exquisite corpse from a curated, tagged selection of human body-part GIFs in GIPHY’s database. Hands, eyes, noses, sweaters, shorts, knees, lips, and other body parts come together to form an interactive marionette-likefigure; a single body made from disparate GIF parts.

Boopy is a drawing tool by Andrew Benson developed in response to the question “What would it be like if, as you are drawing, the canvas was looping?” Boopy allows the user to build complex, layered, repeating patterns from different textured brushes. It also includes a webcam feature that allows a user to reveal their image by erasing a layer with animated strokes.

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