Imagine plopping Adam and Eve in the year 2014, with electricity the Internet and social media.
Except Adam and Eve are still the only two people on Earth, so when Adam scrolls through his Instagram feed, obviously he's going to hit on Eve like no one's watching (because no one is).
That's the basis of Tumblr artist James Kerr's clever and irreverent GIF collection, which awkwardly places Northern-Renaissance art subjects into contemporary situations.
Kerr — known best by his Tumblr name Scorpion Dagger — told Mashable that he picked that name because he knew how much all of his friends hated it. So when he started the blog, it made perfect sense to keep the joke going — just to get under their skin.
The same kind of jocular nature seems to be a running theme with his work. The GIFs are not only hilarious, but also extremely provocative.
Take one of Kerr's most reblogged GIFs, for example. It's a bunch of turnt up nuns pulling some serious Fast & Furious stunts in a carriage down a hillside.
Like the rest of Kerr's body of GIF work, it sends an initial confusing shock to your system, which is usually quickly exchanged for hilarity.
"Most of my ideas just pop into my head kind of randomly. Like the other day, I was riding my bike, and started wondering what someone would pray for if they found themselves naked in church, and thought it would be fun to make a GIF about it," said Kerr. "Normally when I think something might make a fun GIF, I write it down on a scrap piece of paper and tuck it away somewhere."
Kerr says he is drawn to Northern Renaissance paintings because they often seem insanely sarcastic, "as if some the painters were being intentionally cynical of the culture around them."
With Kerr's GIFs there's no mistaking this cynical tone: royal and biblical characters alike seem to look clumsy and small against the landscape they've been situated in.
"I often found myself staring at these pieces, and wondering what they would be doing after the museum closed, and [if] they went home to [a] world much like ours. That's part of what I want to explore with Scorpion Dagger — Taking these grand works of art, and giving them a new life outside of their original boundaries."
Their new life seems a lot more accessible from our vantage points as contemporary beings, that's for sure.
You can keep up to date on James Kerr's next-level gifs on Tumblr.
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