[FoRK] 50th bday of the pixel [old bits :(]
khare at alumni.caltech.edu
Mon Dec 13 22:31:02 PST 2004
Yes, I know this old, but the picture is too damn funny. Where's Mr.
> Artist Unveils Monumental Ode to the Pixel for its 50th Birthday
> Vienna, Austria - Jul 14, 2004 (PRN): Vienna based artist, Claude
> Bossett, unveiled a tribute to the pixel for its 50th Birthday, titled
> "Pixel". The tribute takes the form of an acrylic painted 60 cm x 60
> cm blue square on a 100 cm x 140 cm canvas. It is a "portrait" of a
> magnified pixel. The tribute makes the otherwise almost microscopic
> square, quite impossible to oversee. It is one pixel that won't go
> unnoticed. The magnification creates a sense of importance and offers
> an element of surprise with a dash of humor.
> The blue square is horizontally centered and placed vertically towards
> the top of the canvas, thus elevating its placement in the scheme of
> things. The painting is hung high, so the viewer must tilt their head
> to "look up", to the pixel. The color blue was chosen to express
> infinite possibility. The white impasto background puts an emphasis on
> the paint, which has traditionally been a frequently used medium to
> represent historical figures and momentous happenings.
> The actual pixel (a word derived from "picture element") was invented
> by a group of researchers in 1954, at Yale University. It is unlikely
> that they foresaw it becoming the building block of modern
> communication and creation. The pixel is omnipresent, since it is the
> visual basis for anything done on a computer or mobile phone. It
> allows us to use interfaces that for example, offer alternatives to
> physical methods, as is the case with email or e-commerce web sites.
> Like most products developed today, magazines, cars and buildings find
> their beginnings in a pixel. The pixel is undoubtedly the greatest
> "enabler" of the last 50 years and most likely will continue to be,
> for the next 50 years.
> The artist, Claude Bossett, however was unaware of the pixel's
> bicentennial birthday, when the painting was created and was surprised
> to discover this while researching its history. The coincidence that
> the painting was created during this particular year makes what was
> initially a personal celebration by the artist into a universal one.
> Bossett mentions, "The pixel has allowed me to unleash my creativity
> in any form I please, be it visually, musically or written. I am
> grateful every time I open (pixel based graphics software) Adobe
> Photoshop and am able to create whatever comes to mind. I felt
> compelled to make a tribute to the invention and the painting "Pixel"
> seemed like a clear and amusing way to do it."
> The painting joins many other historical squares, but differentiates
> itself in its meaning. The artist Josef Albers for example, created a
> series of squares called "Homage to the square". His minimalist
> squares focused on form and color. Albers, in minimalist tradition
> negated any story or analogy connected to the squares, depicting them
> in their own right. By comparison, Bossett´s square is focused on
> concept and is in fact an actual depiction or portrait of a historical
> invention. Perhaps its most significant meaning will result in the
> viewer realizing how the pixel has changed their life, or which of
> their capabilities it has enabled to flourish. The painting "Pixel" is
> currently being auctioned off on eBay and may very well be the most
> expensive single pixel ever.
> About the Artist
> Claude Bossett was born in Austria to an American father and an
> Austrian mother in 1970. He traveled between Austria´s Carinthia and
> Silicon Valley extensively while growing up and received a bachelor
> degree in art and illustration from San Jose State University in 1994.
> He has displayed several unique series of art including, actual x-rays
> handled with acid, Projections of clothing onto models photographed,
> and freeway night construction imagery. He has developed installations
> and design work for companies such as Levis, Apple Computer Inc., and
> To view more artwork, go to Claude Bossett´s website,
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