Education: Willlem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam NL
Represented by ARTcompany, Eindhoven NL
I think it's fascinating how an amount of code can arrange pixels to make a perfect image. By command, pixels show you beautiful landscapes, perfect portraits or a second of your life.
But just a split second before all pixels take their designated position, they still float in their own dimension. A dimension where all pixels are free and equal. Some might play together and form a shape by choice. Others rest in sorted positions, grouped by color, saturation and brightness.
When I first started to try to visualise that second before an image is shown on my screen, I distorted flowers. Flowers are always beautiful and never offensive, like pixels. But where pixels are eternal, florals are the symbol of mortality. Pixels are simple squares, while flowers have amazing organic forms. Playing with this contrast I made the series Distorted Flowers.
Pixels respond to code and code can be changed. By asking pixels to rearrange positions because of their code, images distort in a digital way, beyond imagination. This is called 'pixelsorting', 'processing' or 'databending'. Sometimes it almost looks like paint, sometimes a weeping texture is shown. And very often it looks too epileptic to show to anyone else.
In the serie Distorted Cities I used the pixelsortingscript of Kim Asendorf and a customized pixelation script. No design by hand, just by code. The final result is transformed into vector shapes, so it can be printed with no maximum size.
My tools are as digital as possible.
I am almost my own assistant, while my processor/CPU is doing all the hard work. I look forward to explore new ways to communicate with pixels and finding out what that looks like.