tom moody

defaced subway ad, 49th st NRQ


One of those specimens of impromptu public art where a knife is used to cut a section out of a subway poster to reveal another poster underneath.

- tom moody

July 3rd, 2015 at 5:22 pm

subway rider


Lookin' around, every caucasian yuppie-type male in the subway car today had a beard and man bun (or topknot). Drew this from memory of the one sitting across from me. He had a slim, attractive female companion who was reaching across and showing him things on his phone. He was absorbed in whatever stupid shite people are into when they carry phones around.

- tom moody

July 3rd, 2015 at 5:18 pm

business card


A prominent "art and technology" website had a get-together in a NYC bar last night -- apropos of yesterday's post I made these business cards (it took about thirty minutes) and handed them around to a few people. Not so much for self-promotion (most of them know me) as to advance the cause of computer stupidity awareness and the need for a boosterism-counteracting hate zine in the art/tech space where people can vent about computer and phone failure and omnipresent thought control. Left ambiguous was whether the card referred to 15 years' independence on the web or from the web, as it is ordinarily experienced (walking zombie-like around the city streets staring at a glowing slab to see what "friends" are saying at every particular nanosecond).

Thanks to andrej for the webcam shot.

- tom moody

July 1st, 2015 at 12:29 pm

Posted in art as criticism



jpeg version of a png I made on Computers Club Drawing Society a while back

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June 30th, 2015 at 10:41 am

computers R stupid


Suggested feature for the "art and technology" websites:
A page where people can talk candidly about how stupid computers, phones, and social media are.
Failures, breakages, outages, poor design, scams, stories about people falling into manholes while reading phones, etc.
The tech sites all have such upbeat, utopian attitudes, and their partnerships with Silicon Valley rent-extractors are ominous.
You have your occasional "broken kindle" jokes but what's needed is a page of pure zine 80s style hatred.
I would contribute.

hat tip cheseball for burning laptop

- tom moody

June 30th, 2015 at 10:41 am

Posted in art as criticism

word dot com GIF (late '90s) -- enlarged


So-called "art" GIFs were around in the late '90s -- I used to see them on They were made mostly by graphic designers as opposed to self-identifying artistes. The above GIF came from there; the original was 102 x 128 pixels. I enlarged it to 400 x 400 using "nearest neighbor" resizing to preserve the sharp edges. Still, this is an incredibly small (19 kilobyte) GIF in terms of ecological impact, in case you are thinking about alternatives to binge-watching Mad Men. Not that you can look at this one for very long.

- tom moody

June 26th, 2015 at 10:25 am

person (2)


ben_dover screencapped the Google pre-De Chirico icon and noted the pre-Raphaelite (dis)connection

- tom moody

June 26th, 2015 at 9:28 am

Posted in art as criticism



hat tips jules laplace, giorgio de chirico and scuola metafisica (google campus)

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June 25th, 2015 at 8:35 am

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hat tip pfifferking

- tom moody

June 25th, 2015 at 8:30 am

it's coming -- it's here -- 3D printed painting

The Good




Michael Manning's work at the NADA art fair this year (reproductions cribbed from various online documentation). Note that the color doesn't have to "go" with the texture. Smart! These are handsome objects that don't take themselves too seriously, as with Manning's phone and tablet paintings that raised the ire of Art F City commenters because of their lethargic finger wiggling. Real men use their muscles!

The Bad



The Hole gallery shows this artist, Matthew Stone. Haven't seen these in person but the concept doesn't appeal. Evidently they are based on photos of "phat" brushstrokes (as in, self-consciously flamboyantly lovely) that are then transposed into impossible environments where they cast fake shadows on pointless geometric objects. We've been here, in the '70s, with abstract illusionism, and it didn't go well.

The Ugly


Yes, that would have to be Van Gogh reproductions sold by his namesake museum. All this ingenious algorithmic mimickry of color and texture in the service of Puff-Paintâ„¢-like kitsch. Maybe they are amazing in person but again, it's the concept that's revolting. Is our understanding of Van Gogh's work enhanced by running it through the Star Trek replicator?

- tom moody

June 23rd, 2015 at 4:31 pm