If there’s one thing we like at Saxoprint, it’s the pixel. After all, our livelihood depends on it: people produce digital images made of pixels and then send the pixels to us; we then use printers to put these pixels onto paper. Now, if we’ve done our job well, you won’t see the pixels on the page, but that doesn’t make us any less fond of works of art which use pixels as a stylistic choice – and there’s plenty of them out there!
So a few weeks back, we took a look at The Human Printer, where humans replace ink-jet nozzles in putting pixels onto paper. And now we’ve come across a similar concept which is far more elaborate in its execution: manual bubble-wrap printing.
Yes, that’s right: an artist by the name of Bradley Hart creates pixelated portraits by injecting paint into the bubbles of bubble-wrap. Each bubble represents a pixel, and Hart uses syringes to fill each of them individually with exactly the shade of paint required. While the end result is impressive, you really need to see a work-in-progress to get a feel for just how much thought, calculation, and not least hard work is needed to create the finished “painting”: the folks over at MyModernMet have got a great interview with him and also show his equipment and studio.
We were amazed by the sheer scale of the project: box after hospital-sized box of syringes, reams of bubble wrap, paint in every shade imaginable. Essentially, Hart is doing the calculation work of computer and the ink-jet work of a printer – by hand! It’s not only fascinating and beautiful to watch, but also makes you grateful for all of the technological innovations in the last fifty years…
Now, as for the artistic interpretation of the works, we’ll leave that to you. We liked what MyModernMet said about bubble wrap being a way of protecting and preserving things, making it ideal for a portrait, which is a way of keeping an image of someone. Call us a bit too literal-minded if you will, but the only thing we were wondering was how you transport bubble wrap art? In, er, layers of bubble wrap?