09 January 2012

10,000 Pixels at Art Micro Patronage


鳳凰 / ほうおう / Ho-o by Alexander Peverett

"10,000 Pixels" is the title for the ongoing exhibition at Art Micro Patronage > an experimental online exhibition space featuring monthly curated shows of digital, new media, and intermedia work.  I love the donorship way AMP does to support the participating artists; As visitors navigate through the exhibitions, they are encouraged to become micro-patrons of the arts, associating their appreciation of the works with small monetary values. Patrons receive a link and image as recognition for their generosity and can easily keep track of works they've donated to via the AMP platform.

"Artist, musician, and educator Jeff Thompson has curated "10,000 Pixels"; where artists were asked to create three artworks using a 10,000-pixel “allowance”. The extremel "10,000 Pixels" is an exhibition curated by y low resolution becomes an aesthetic and conceptual challenge, resulting in ultra-low-resolution photographs, carefully crafted digital abstractions, blocky representations of physical objects similar to early Atari and NES sprites, or other unexpected solutions." See more;

"The Aesthetics of Low-Res
10,000 Pixels is about the creative strategies that emerge from limitations. For this exhibition, artists were given an “allowance” of 10,000 pixels and asked to create three images using only those pixels. The results range from tiny geometric forms, hotdogs/shit, tiny animations, and reminiscences of NES graphics and the early web.

We experience digital images in a kind of bracketed time. Current technologies look clean and crisp, whereas images from a few years ago seem inadequate and embarrassing. When looking at a video I made only a few years ago, I noticed the huge differences in quality between the older piece and more recent projects made in HD. Yet as a two-dimensional surface, even a seemingly low-resolution image contains a gigantic amount of information. A crummy YouTube video might have had 320x240 pixels, but even such an unacceptably low-resolution image contains 76,800 pixels [1]. The works in this exhibition explore the limitation of resolutions that are several orders of magnitude lower, having more to do with historical influences than the promise of 4k projectors."

Participating artists: Alexander Peverett, Angelo Plessas, Ben Vickers, Laura Brothers,  Matt Cella, Tom Moody and Travess Smalley.



Images courtesy Art Micro Patronage


ChromaCube by Travess Smalley


Spriteforest 11 SEM by Matt Cella


Towers and Power by Angelo Plessas