Jared Bendis: Pixel Portrait

  • ©2003, Jared Bendis, Pixel Portrait



Pixel Portrait


SIGGRAPH 2003: CG03: Computer Graphics 2003

Creation Year:



11 inches x 14 inches


2D & Wall-Hung

Artist Statement:

“The Digital Me” series explores my interactions with the digital world on both physical and metaphysical levels. I share my artistic vision using the skills and tools at my disposal; this invariably involves technology.

“Pixel Portrait” is a lithograph that explores technique, the self, and reproduction. I started with a low-resolution digital image of my face, and for each pixel, I placed one drop of touche (a greasy liquid) on the lithography stone. The drop dried, leaving the grease (and the desired gray). The resulting print is a hybrid: the medium is analog; the image is digital. The original digital image took a moment to shoot and can be printed endlessly. The lithograph took hours of painstaking labor to produce, and only eight were printed. Step back. As a whole, the image takes on more character and life than the original digital print. There is only one me, but unlike my images, I am ever changing.

Traditionally, the block is used to create prints, and I printed an edition of seven. The prints, however, are secondary; they mirror the image as they mirror my true intention. The block itself is my true representation. I am a tool for creation, a source. Influenced by technology, history, and a desire to disseminate my ideas and ideals, I show myself for all to see.