It Came From the Internet: Nicolas Sassoon

Thank god it’s Friday and thank god we have the internet. This week on It Came From The Internet, we feature Nicolas Sassoon, a French artist who likes to grow aquatic plants and expand his GIF art empire. His work is equal parts retro and futuristic, creating abstract spaces with vintage computer graphics.

Who or what are you?

My name is Nicolas Sassoon, I am an artist living between France and Canada. I publish a lot of my work online using the Animated Gif format. I also make prints, sculptures, installations, exhibitions…. On my spare time I enjoy my nerd hobbies like growing aquatic plants and building LED light fixtures.

Where/how were you educated/trained?

I went to art school in Angouleme, a really small town in southwest of France, and received an MFA in 2007. After that I moved to Vancouver BC and taught myself a few things related to computer graphics.

How do you describe your artwork?

Pixelated, hypnotic and contemplative would be good adjectives among others.

Can you briefly describe your creative process?

I mainly use 3D modeling and mainstream image editing programs; I don’t code anything. I rely heavily on color indexing algorithms, image resampling methods, moiré patterning and motion graphics. Depending on the project my process can be very tedious, repetitive and boring or quite the opposite; very experimental and entertaining. I don’t have one single process but a combination of methods that tend to change over time.

Whose art are you digging right now?

Laura Brothers, Rick Silva, Brenna Murphy, Krist Wood, Sara Ludy, Claudia Maté, Sylvain Sailly

In what state is your artwork best viewed in?

Relaxed at home with dim lights on a large flat screen.

What are you most afraid of?


How would you describe your relationship with the internet?


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

Aquarium forum or LED supplier.

What other type of projects do you have planned? In a perfect world with unlimited resources and no boundaries, what would you do?

I’m currently doing an online residency called Pandora which will be released shortly. In a perfect world, with unlimited resources and no boundaries, I would grow many more aquatic plants and make many more LED light fixtures.

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