Gawker Offers Free Ad Space to Artists

Free promotion through unsold ad inventory is latest Denton scheme.

Gawker Media, Nick Denton's popular blog network that includes the celebrity obsessed Gawker.com, the tech site Gizmodo, and several others, is offering up free promotion to visual artists through its remnant ad space.

When its ad inventory is not sold, a series of images rotates through the site with artist bios and links to their personal Web pages.

"Gawker Artists," as it's called, currently features the work of a dozen creatives, ranging from professional photographers to graphic artists to toy designers. Artists are encouraged to submit their work, which is being curated by ANIMAL magazine.

Adam Stennett's ominous painting of a mouse treading water is currently in heavy rotation on the sites. But several photographers are featured in the ad network as well, including Trey Ratcliff, whose photos explore the emerging art form of HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography, Eliot Shepard (previously mentioned here), who shoots quirky portraits of strangers, Mikael Vojinovic, who explores fashion with an erotic eye and a European aesthetic and Symon Chow, who shoots retro-inspired commercial work.

Artists can submit work to artists@gawker.com for consideration.