Best fine visual art on web?
April 16, 2011 6:19 PM   Subscribe

What is the most interesting fine visual art that has been made for the web? I am especially interested in experimental stuff that could never exist as a conventional painting or sculpture, and which can only be experienced online. Any examples appreciated!
posted by mortaddams to Media & Arts (13 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

Rafael Rozendaal
posted by lakersfan1222 at 6:34 PM on April 16, 2011

I don't have any specific examples, but if you are interested in art made specifically for the web you may want to keep an eye on Rhizome.
posted by polymath at 7:49 PM on April 16, 2011 [1 favorite]

posted by kitarra at 7:53 PM on April 16, 2011 [1 favorite]

- Ryder Ripps' Internet Archaeology and (Rhizome's intro here)
- Brad Troemel and Jonathan Vingiano's Blind Mist
- The State
- Barmecidal Projects' Free 4 All

Seconding polymath's reading recommendation for Rhizome, the defunct blog Post Internet, and perhaps Tom Moody's blog (gif discourse).
posted by ilk at 9:37 PM on April 16, 2011

Mouchette has been around forever, though it appears to be a grand practical joke.
posted by Gilbert at 10:36 PM on April 16, 2011

Interesting back story to
posted by moonmilk at 11:27 PM on April 16, 2011

Also around forever: Ben Benjamin's Superbad
posted by Gilbert at 7:41 AM on April 17, 2011

Swell Conceptual-Art messing with your browser window for the past 15 years or so:
posted by ovvl at 12:58 PM on April 17, 2011 [1 favorite]

Lorna Mills does amazingly aesthetic art online - web art (mostly GIFs) designed to be viewed in the context of online interactions but breaking from the ideological constraints of early net art discourse. Plus it's often very funny.

ps - when you look at as ovvl suggests, be sure to click 'view source.'
posted by aunt_winnifred at 2:38 PM on April 17, 2011

Rhizome is a pretty decent online archive of contemporary new media art. I don't have any specific links to what you're looking for, but it's a good place to begin your search for web-only art.
posted by GEB's fun world at 9:42 PM on April 17, 2011

Pardon my double repost of polymath's response. I didn't catch the previous post. Maybe a mod can delete both of my comments.
posted by GEB's fun world at 9:45 PM on April 17, 2011

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