Starting tomorrow, an exhibition in a London gallery will open up a world of feline-based artwork inspired by the cat-loving world that we call the internet.
No matter where you find yourself on the world wide web, you’re never more than a few clicks away from funny images and videos of cats. Other animals get their game, sure, but our feline friends definitely rule the roost.
‘LOLCat – Teh Exhibishun’ is a group art show exploring the phenomenon of LOLcats, from English photographer Harry Pointer’s carte de visite series of cats with amusing captions dating back to the 1870s, to our modern online obsession with cats and their memes.
Graphic designers, illustrators, photographers, animators, and writers have come together in an attempt to elevate the LOLcat phenomenon to a level where it can be considered ‘art’. It isn’t an easy feat, but it does come with plenty of fantastic, funny images.
‘Hail Lucipurr’ T-shirt by Delme Rosser
‘Jeezus Cat’ by Delme Rosser
‘Monorail Cat’ by Alex Piercy
‘Nyan Cat’ by Matt Harvey
‘Nyan Cat in Sydney’ by Matt Harvey
John Owen’s typographic illustration of ‘Wiliam’s Internet Haikuette’ by Lisa Glass (detail)
‘Soon’ by Daniel Gray
‘Rainbow Cat’ by Jimmy Turrell
‘Le Chat Noir’ by Mark Milic
‘LOLCat Teh Exhibishun’ opens tomorrow, 23 January, at The Framers Gallery in London and runs until 15 February, and 50pc of all proceeds will go to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. The exhibition is curated by Jenny Theolin of Soapbox & Sons and sponsored by Artefact Picture Framers.