11 figures turning GIFs and digital detritus into art

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Rollin Leonard

"Internet art" has been around as long as the Internet itself. GIFs, CAPTCHA codes, found imagery, experimental social networks—the manifestations and run-off of our daily online experience is all ripe fodder for the net artist.

There has been some exciting new work floating around lately, so instead of taking you back to the '80s dawn of net art, we'll introduce you to a few fun recent creators, ranging from makers of tongue-in-cheek early-Internet throwbacks to the user-friendly art "tools" anyone can enjoy. Disclaimer: If you think art is confined pretty paintings of pretty things, this little primer isn't for you. In any case, we welcome your constructive snark! Proceed.

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