bitmap portraits (2007)

Each day I draw one face, from imagination, with a mouse, in 1-bit bitmap format, on a 200-pixel square canvas. I started this project as a deliberate attempt to step outside my normal systematic, programmatic ways of making pictures - using algorithms, copying photos. Over a long period of time, this project raises questions about the nature of imagination and the subconscious mind - where do these faces come from? Why do some faces seem to recur? Why am I more attracted to some than to others? The 1-bit format brings such questions to the fore by reducing the pictorial options to a bare minimum. I hope that the aggregation of a large number of these faces will result in the emergence of global properties - qualities of the collection as a whole that can't be derived from a single face or a handful of faces.

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Each day I draw one face, from imagination, with a mouse, in 1-bit bitmap format, on a 200-pixel square canvas. I started this project as a deliberate attempt to step outside my normal systematic, programmatic ways of making pictures - using algorithms, copying photos. Over a long period of time, this project raises questions about the nature of imagination and the subconscious mind - where do these faces come from? Why do some faces seem to recur? Why am I more attracted to some than to others? The 1-bit format brings such questions to the fore by reducing the pictorial options to a bare minimum. I hope that the aggregation of a large number of these faces will result in the emergence of global properties - qualities of the collection as a whole that can't be derived from a single face or a handful of faces.

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