Art used to make sense. Then Picasso started moving body parts around, Jackson Pollock dribbled buckets of paint onto canvases, and Rene Magritte told us, no, this is not a pipe. Ever since, some people have scratched their heads and stared in wonder. Just what do you do with modern art? Maybe you want to poke it and shake it and make it dance like a ferret hopped up on pixie sticks. Well, if you're looking at Nails, a digital composition by Han Hoogerbrugge, you are in luck.
Nails consists of 27 interactive art scenes, typically starring an inked-out Hoogerbrugge wearing a suit and tie. Most begin with the man casually standing on top of the grey background of the page. His hands are in his pockets. Nothing seems out of the ordinary. But when you click or run your mouse across the man, everything takes a turn for the bizarre.
He may split his personality, act out the alphabet on a whim, or jump out of his clothes and hop around in the nude. He might sit on top of the hood of a car and bark like a dog. Ok, to be honest, I don't know if that's a modern art thing, or a guy thing. Whenever you click, be prepared. In Nails, anything from the odd to the obscene can occur. Multiple figures interact in strange and violent fashions. One scene might take inspiration from Nietzsche's philosophy, the next from the Talking Heads.
Speaking of modern rock music mixed with modern art, Hoogerbrugge experience extends beyond his Nails creation. In fact, if you are a fan of the Pet Shop Boys, his work might seem a little familiar. Hoogerbrugge created the animation for their music video, "Love, etc." which was released earlier this year. A few of the animations found in Nails make appearances in the video.
If you can't get enough of this strange artwork, between a music video and these 27 sets of bizarre flash work, don't despair. Don't pull your head off, either—this guy makes it look too easy. While Nails seems to be complete, Hoogerbrugge's inked outline still pops up on a regular basis, in the comic-like ProStress 2.0.
This interactive art may not be suitable for small children. It may neither be appropriate for the easily confused or the easily offended. It may not make sense. But that's what modern art does. So, if you do modern art: