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Brief Published: 6 Oct 2014

Digital Mimic: Holographic Pixels

Infinite Updates, Unlimited Artifacts II, 2014 by Ed Spence

Vancouver-based artist Ed Spence makes incredible artworks by photographing crumpled pieces of reflective paper that he prints out and carefully cuts up into small pixel-like squares. These tiny squares are then collaged in an arrangement based on colour to achieve shimmering gradients.

The finished pieces are then photographed again and digitally printed on to archival paper. The hand-cut pixels are composed in intricate linear patterns and the reflective texture of the photograph distorts the depth and perspective of the artwork, giving the appearance of digital manipulation.

See our Colour Spectrum Spring/Summer 2016 rationale Digital Mimic for more on how digitally-led aesthetics created through conventional techniques are informing the next generation of craft and design.

Art & Design