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Patrick Lichty

Intelligent Agent
Louisiana, USA
8 Bits or Less series
18" x 44" ea.

Artist Statement: The 8 Bits or Less Series is an outgrowth of my ongoing work in low-res digital photography using wristwatch-based digital cameras, such as the Casio WristCam. The initial print run was a result of an installation created for the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center's "Digital Louisiana" exhibition. The installation consisted of a single channel video installation flanked by four large-format ccomposites of images from the video.

To give some background on the entire body of work that centers around 8 Bits or Less, I like to consider the paintings by Gerhard Richter that took video images and usually motion blurred them into unreadability.

Conversely, the use of a grayscale camera with a resolution of 100 pixels square challenges the artist in terms of subject and readability. In producing the work, this imagery questions the ongoing conversation regarding of verisimilitude in digital imagery and its transparence with reality and traditional art techniques.

These wristcam images and video refuse high resolution, they refuse color, they refuse fluid motion, and the work presents this using technologies that were created for the increased fidelity of representation of digital media (DV and large format printing).