"NGC-346" Print by Jan Pieter Fokkens

2018
$2,480 USD
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W: 48.25" D: 1.5" H: 43.0"
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CJPF001
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Chicago-based artist Jan Pieter Fokkens uses his work as a means of processing the incomprehensible. Navigating the relationship between algorithmic abstraction and the tangible qualities of pattern and color, Fokkens meditates on how reality is mediated by digital image. Entitled "NGC-346," this vibrant print offers a representation of the galaxy NGC-346, located 210,000 light years away from Earth. Using an image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, Fokkens extracts the average color of each coordinate, and uses archival markers to represent it as a single line upon the photo paper. This print re-assembles the NASA depiction from excerpts of the initial abstraction, and, in the process, questions the truth of the image and the role of authority in creating realities.

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