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Pixel Nudes & Particlescapes - Brian Fernandes

Thistle Hall is a vibrant community centre in the heart of New Zealand's cultural capital. We provide a community hall, meeting room and Wellington's only community gallery showcasing a range of artists and crafts people, from the established to the emerging. Thistle Hall is located one the corner of Cuba and Arthur streets. The shows on at Thistle Hall Community Gallery are run by the artists who hire it.

On Now

1 - 6 APRIL 2008

Brian Fernandes

Featuring abstracted digital works as well as photographs from the West Coast of three continents.

Open daily noon until 6.00pm. Opening reception 6.00pm - 9.00pm Monday 31 March.

Over the course of human history, the popular form of the image has changed across multiples mediums, from cave drawings, to textiles, to paintings, to print media and now to the modern electronic form. This evolution is largely based on the reproducibility of the image in the most efficient manner possible. By sampling it into small discrete pieces, the digitized form allows for unprecedented speed in all uses of the image. The digital image allows for the transmission, storage and visualization of what we assume to be a static visual representation. However, the data itself is continuously broken down and reconstituted through space and time, in varying ways, in the digital universe. Here, a repackaged form of the human figure in "Pixel Nude" conserves all the data from digitization; yet its structure is reconstituted as an abstraction that relates directly to the base unit of modern visual information, namely the pixel. This "picture element" (abbreviated, of course) is a product of the digitized world we now take for granted. These works investigate how the speed and efficiency afforded by technology affects our form of visual depiction. Further to that, they question the digital mechanism as a means of self-representation in a world where personal interactions are often translated through a digital mediator.

Up Next

7 - 13 APRIL 2008

Dan Scudder, James Bowen, Jess Glen, Kate Stone, Sam Fleming
Open 10.00am - 6.00pm daily.

We are a group of students exhibiting an eclectic mix of paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture.

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