The launch of Damien Hirst’s new Web site, which offers a voyeuristic live camera feed into the heart of his studio, is certainly a step forward in adventurousness for famous artists on the Internet (in comparison, Gerhard Richter’s looks like Geocities). But Hirst is still far from avant garde in the wild world of artist Web sites, where new media artists turn the Internet into a visual playground and conceptualists build puzzling and wonderful hybrid pages. Below, ARTINFO rounds up our picks for 20 of the most notable Web sites for contemporary artists, from figures you know to others more obscure.
Cory Arcangel — http://www.coryarcangel.com/
As in his work, Cory Arcangel’s site embraces nostalgia for earlier digital times. The header title, “Cory Arcangel’s Internet Portfolio Website and Portal,” might tip you off if the lo-fi table structures and tiled background didn’t already.
Tauba Auerbach — http://taubaauerbach.com/
The typeface on conceptual painter Tauba Auerbach’s Internet home looks like alien hieroglyphics, but that’s okay — if you got there, you probably know where you are. Beyond the funky, color-changing intro is a directory written out in another set of squiggly type. Finally, you get to the paintings, prints, and books.
Computers Club — http://computersclub.org/
Home to the Web’s foremost crew of Internet artists, Computers Club is part portfolio and part virtual treehouse, a fantastical landscape that visitors can wander at will. The Club is always getting built out, so visit often — just make sure you don’t fall into Computers Cult by accident.
Petra Cortright — http://petracortright.com/
Petra Cortright, an Internet artist who creates video performances with the help of a web-cam, uses an intense amount of emoticons to make up her site’s splash page. The gothy smiley-face cross leads to a surreal collage of totally bizarre GIFs and a selection of links to her YouTube videos. Useful and crazy!
Wim Delvoye — http://www.wimdelvoye.be/
Wim Delvoye’s homepage takes the term more literally than most. He has created a pixelated city as a portfolio — each building in the isometric drawing leads to a different gallery of Delvoye’s work (they also have really cute animations, the camera-shaped building in particular). There’s even a billboard listing the artist’s recent exhibitions.
JODI — http://www.jodi.org
JODI’s web site is also the pioneering Internet art duo’s greatest work, a mess of glitched-out HTML, weird windows, and digital dead ends. Get as far into it as you can and try to escape, or just close the tab and start over.
Michael Manning — http://mirrrroring.net/
Going to Michael Manning’s site is like watching TV late at night, forever flipping through the channels without stopping to understand what you’re watching. The series of psychedelic interactive animations that greet visitors are surreal, but extremely fun.
Rafael Rozendaal — http://www.newrafael.com/
New media artist Rafael Rozendaal makes Web sites as art objects, so clearly his own site is going to be awesome. Rozendaal doesn’t disappoint — topping a pleasantly clear layout is a header that includes retro-style icons linking to every art-site he has ever made.
Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries — http://www.yhchang.com/
One of the most entertaining artist Web sites, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries’ homepage includes versions of many of their animations, frenetically paced videos that tell stories through rapidly flickering text and expressive music. Add in a dollop of stylish, retro minimalism, and you’ve got an all-around winner.
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