Surface Public Reception

Saturday, January 21, 2017
6PM – 10PM

888 Newark Avenue

Free admission with RSVP



Surface Public Reception


Join us for the opening reception of Surface, a group exhibition opening in Mana BSMT’s gallery, featuring work by five Mana BSMT Residents who work primarily as GIF artists: Matthias Brown (Traceloops), Sam Cannon, Julian Glander, Thoka Maer, and Hayden Zezula (Zolloc). Until now, their artwork has been created for and seen on screens, and shared across social media platforms. This exhibition is their first exploration into creating work that can only be experienced in a physical space: sculpture, installation, performance, and gaming. By eliminating screens and creating site-specific experiences, this exhibition will illustrate a collective surfacing from the digital to the physical realm.

Join the conversation online using #SurfaceBSMT.


About the Artists

Matthias Brown (Traceloops) is an artist specializing in hand-drawn, black and white, traditional animation. By stripping the process of excess, the remaining animation reflects a very tangible experience that explores the interplay between negative and positive space as well as the portrayal of two and three dimensional movement. Brown studied Graphic Design at SCAD Atlanta and currently resides in Jersey City, NJ.

Sam Cannon is an artist and director based in NYC. Her personal work focuses on the manipulation of time, space, and the female form. Living somewhere between still photography and video, her images explore the way we interact with never-ending moments in the age of the 15-second clip.

Julian Glander was originally a baby. Presently, he is a visual artist working in animated GIFs, comics, video games, interactive toys, short films, and illustrations (of dogs). In the future, Glander plans to become a ghost.

Thoka Maer is an artist who illustrates and creates animated illustrations. Her work runs the gamut from the figurative/narrative to the abstract/surreal, held together by the consistent use of pencil and crayon. She is currently based in New York.

Hayden Zezula (Zolloc) is a 3D animator from Austin, TX, currently based in NYC. He focuses on mesmerizing looping video, blending beautiful and creepy to create unsettling imagery.


This exhibition is sponsored by GIPHY Arts.


Image: Sam Cannon, Untitled, 2016