Visual art, much like movies and music, is extremely subjective, sometimes appealing to the world at large, but more often than not just striking a select group very strongly. For instance, this back full of Avatar tattoos isn’t art, even though it’s fairly well crafted. But the GIFs sprinkled all over this page, all the creations of Belgrade artist Milos Rajkovic, work as both ingeniously attractive art and as the fuel for a night’s worth of truly disturbing dreams. Don’t bother eating a bunch of fatty food before going to bed if all you’re doing is trying to freak yourself out overnight. Rajkovic has you covered. In weirdness and possibly blood.
So why does he create such profoundly odd imagery? In an interview with
Catalyst, he says it’s because “it’s irresponsible to leave for future generations Internet full of cute animals.” Am I the only one who pictures him slamming down a vodka shot after saying that?
Inspired by satire and low-brow American culture, Rajkovic’s GIFs are filled with important looking men, wearing either business suits or military garb. The mechanics behind the head and brainwork of these people are usually in strict opposition to the relative simplicity of the Industrial Revolution. Instead of purely machine work being done, there are chickens, skeletons playing violins, disembodied limbs, and a brain in a hamster wheel. It makes me want to cut my face open in the bathroom mirror and see if any of this is happening inside of my own head, or if I’m just “one of the boring ones.”
While Rajkovic’s work started simple, with several disjointed body morph images, he quickly hopped onto the “Terry Gilliam on hallucinogenic crack cereal” tip and really went crazy with it. The work definitely makes one wonder where he could possibly go from here. So if anyone sees that Rajkovic has recently purchased a mad scientist laboratory and a shitload of Christmas lights and chickens, put out an emergency broadcast, because we’re all doomed, though this cyborg guy would probably be into having Ronald McDonald pop out of his head and blow blood through a horn.
Take a look at a slew of his amazing GIFs below, and see all of them on display at his Tumblr site. And be warned.