The Work of Art in the Age of Microsoft Paint

This article is a re-formatted extract fromย Issue #1: Birth, which you can read more aboutย here.

As Microsoft throws Paint into the digital wasteland with the rest of the internetโ€™s abandonware, itโ€™s hard not to get nostalgic about the simple graphical editor that influenced the โ€œshit is goodโ€ aesthetic of the early 2000s internet. Its influence on internet culture is huge, with obvious examples being rage comics, stoner comics, and any image macro with awkwardly superimposed text and graphics.

Digital art that looked like shit started out as a necessity, yet slowly became a preference. Even todayโ€™s memes hark back to the days where the best material was thrown together on Paint in a matter of minutes.…   [continue reading]

Issue #1: Birth – The Frame

After the launch of Secret Cave’s online store, where slavering millennials and web-based creatives can, at last, feel the material presence of their favourite online “zine”, I, Lee‘s dad, thought it would be fitting to add to this existential element of the website.

It’s one thing to clatter around on a keyboard and instruct someone to switch on their machines and program them to churn out consumer goods, like magazines and cassette tapes. It is entirely another thing to take materials from your surrounding environment, produce objects to arbitrary dimensions, pre-determined physical requirement limitations and personal aesthetics using one’s own imagination, understanding, logic, practical skills and enough calorific intake to produce the energy required to shape and reform.…   [continue reading]