It Came From the Internet: Matthias Brown

We first met Matthias Brown during MADE Fashion Week when he won us over with his hypnotic squiggly tracings and random things covered in pizza skins like organs and Santa Claus. Then we saw his series on Glitch-Hop, which are Gifs of datamoshed video clips about hip-hop music, and we knew we’d found the next subject for our online artwork series, It Came From the Internet. Boom, here it is.

Who or what are you?

I am an artist, I guess, though I feel weird self identifying as an artist.

How would you describe your artwork?

Repetition is a consistent theme as well as trying to reveal something about the process in the final product. I don’t like when people try to hide how they accomplished something.

Whose art are you digging right now?

I keep up with other GIF people on Tumblr for the most part of where I see art. I really enjoy Hateplow, Bad Blueprints, VinceMckelvie, kidmograph, and volvulent. I’ve been a fan of Jerry Uelsmann since I first tried photo editing and last year was the first time I saw anything by Norman McLaren and I have revisited his short films a lot.

In what state is your artwork best viewed?

My favorite way to display animations is through early animation tools, such as a zoetrope or phenakistoscope. I like how within those formats the viewer controls the speed at which the animation plays and the process/repetition is easily seen. That’s not practical for everything I make and so otherwise, I’d say one person at a time viewing a desktop or laptop is my next favorite way for my work to be viewed.

What are you most afraid of?

Something parasitic living under my skin or in my internal organs suddenly surfacing one day.

If the Internet went down forever except for one website, which one would you save?


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