4kpx artworks
Museum of lo-fi digital masterpieces
Most people think digital art reproductions are exact copies (the word "digital" has still a halo of perfection in common sense). Actually, the fact is that each digital translation involves a loss of information from its analog origin.
With this ongoing research (started in June 2011) I'm trying to determine how much information you can subtract to an image and still keep it recognisable and enjoyable, focusing on famous artworks since the Renaissance.

I pick up a JPEG digital reproduction and then manipulate it:
1) reducing its size to a maximum of 64*64 px (4kpx);
2) decreasing color-depth to max. 16 colors (chosen from the web-safe palette);
3) ending with some manual retouching (computers aren’t that proficient in art).

The results are these tiny low-res images, which maintain some kind of aesthetic value and an obvious link to their original artworks. But can they be considered art reproductions in these days of technological struggle for maximum likelihood?
4kpx-mona-lisa.gif
4kpx-kiss.gif
4kpx-tahitian-women-on-the-beach.gif, 2011
(from Paul Gauguin, 1891)
4kpx-scream.gif , 2011
(from Max Beckmann, 1926)
(from René Magritte, 1928-29)
You can enjoy the entire collection of 4kpx artworks on my portfolio www.gbxstudio.com
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With this ongoing research (started in June 2011) I'm trying to determine how much information you can subtract to an image and still keep it rec Read More
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