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Monday, September 19, 2005

All Barcode, No Byte


Scott Blake
has been bringing you the mark of the beast for over five years. The humble barcode has served as a whipping boy for everybody from paranoid apocalyptic evangelical types to crusty GATT protesters. Blake's portraits transcend all of the didactic sermonizing, turning their overexposed subjects into objects of beauty...using only the bar codes. It's a well-established fact that most Photoshop art suuuuuuuuuucks, but Scott Blake uses it as a tool to analyze the density of different bar codes, then constructs the portrait out of the different "tones". He's not afraid to get all conceptual on your ass, either-- the above portrait of Andy Warhol utilizes only two bar codes taken from Campbell's soup can labels. In this instance, he manipulated the scale of the barcodes to construct his iimages. Blake is currently kicking it in Omaha, Nebraska, where he presumably has a residency at the Bemis Foundation. Catch his art at a gallery near you before it's forcibly tattooed on your forehead!

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