Paul van den Hout

Paul van den Hout

Work from the series Pixelation.

Paul van den Hout’s work, Pixelation, addresses the visual codes of the pixelated image.

“The pixel (and pixelation) is a part of our visual code, and a pixelated image has two functions, one denying the viewer access to the complete image, and the other protecting them from it. Pixelated images represent parts of reality that we are either cannot see, or do not wish to see. The pixelated image itself becomes a hyperbole of reality: and in the end the pixelated icon becomes a stereotype or archetype.

The first pixelated piece I made was the triptych “Mediascapes”. The tryptich represents three general landscapes of major armed conflicts: World War I, the Vietnam War and the `gulf War. Each landscape is constructed of 10 overlayed images collected from contemporary public media and reduced to one hundred coloured squares each.”

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