I think its interesting that art critics are giving more attention to to the GIF culture. Its become sort of a remix culture, which is apparant in music. The GIF is a modern art form, with its past strongly locked in Cubism, futurism, and film. Sometimes the gif is serious, and other times its whimsical and is meant for entertainment sake.
Its offered a new form of expression and communication the gif shows a meaning in its looping quality, that word, or film can not quite emphasize.
In some ways the GIF has become the child of the internet. It is used by fandoms, websites, and even serious art. It could easily be analyzed by social scientists.
I hope the GIF excists for a long time.
Putting art into different categories is pretty difficult because of varying opinions. Most people can automatically distinguish between good art and bad art ( for most cases not all) but High art and Low art comparisons are much harder to identify. High art can be identified as pure art which is taken at a scholarly/intellectual level, while low art is identified as popular art or art for entertainment sake. High at versus Low art does not mean that one is worse than the other, they could both be magnificent, and infact low art could be superior to high art.
Painting is often considered one of the highest forms of art, but I think this pushes aside the talents of sculptures, photographers, film makers, draftmen, who can produce equal or superior work. I think people confuse the idea of high art and low art as a negative conotation, my organ instructor has presented to me how even some forms of classical music are high art and some forms are low art.
High Art Gif http://sketchbookjam.tumblr.com/post/77499791955/thestuntkid-playing-in-photoshop
It flows, its constant, it makes sense. The Gif is consistent and holds a consistent thought that was well thought out and planned.
This one is low art because it isn’t really art, its fan art. Fan art isn’t always low art, fan art can be very high art, but this particular fan art is just a repetition of a scene the person admired and repeated. They did not add anything new.