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Image: yourethemannowdog.com (Screengrab)

Combine a gif of an irate Sean Connery, an audio loop of his comment "You're the Man Now, Dog" from the film Finding Forrester, and bold, zooming text of the same statement and you have the simple recipe behind the popular internet meme http://www.yourethemannowdog.com/. Created by Max Goldberg, the site became a sensation in the early 2000's, and it soon lead to numerous spoofs. Goldberg began mirroring the sites in an effort to keep track of these rudimentary creations, and, eventually overwhelmed by the quantity of spin-offs, Goldberg developed a platform for YTMNDs, http://ytmnd.com/. For the current exhibition "YTMND" at Dallas gallery And/Or, Paul Slocum and Guthrie Lonergan have assembled some of their favorite YTMNDs and installed them on monitors placed in metal shelving units. A short essay "Picture. Sound. Text." by Lonergan on the significance of the genre's unapologetically lowbrow humor accompanies the show. Lonergan argues that the YTMNDs embrace and celebrate the reality that the "Internet turns culture into small pieces of shit." Regardless of one's opinion on the role of the Internet in the advancement of shittiness, the YTMNDs culled by Lonergan and Slocum are funny, weird, random, surreal and unquestionably entertaining, proving that YTMNDs bring something to the table.

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Image: Installation of the "YTMND" Exhibtiion at And/Or

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Image: holy crap, a meteor!!! (from "YTMND")

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Image: The sky lounge (from "YTMND")

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curt cloninger April 6 2009 22:37Reply

This semester I added some "pro surfer" net art to my net art curriculum ( http://lab404.com/330 ). One of my students asked, "What's the difference between this stuff and ytmnd?" I said, "No real difference, except ytmnd isn't in galleries." Next semester I can just answer, "No real difference."

a bill miller April 6 2009 22:50Reply

I'm starting a net art class this summer and was intending to include ytmnd… this just gives me another reference. WORD!

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Biku April 10 2009 13:09Reply

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irwinrevilo April 10 2009 16:01Reply

The sky lounge is a great image–wonder where one might get a print or litho of it?

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