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Jan Pieter Fokkens
"NGC-3201, " Acrylic on Canvas, 2019

2019

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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-3201," this vibrant drawing offers a representation of the globular cluster NGC-3201. Using an image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, Fokkens first represents the brightest stars as isolated squares of color. He then extracts the average color of each coordinate, converts it to the CMYK color set, and uses pigment inks to represent it as a single line upon photo paper. The result is a reductionist account of an unimaginable sight. Framed. Pigment ink on photo paper.
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