I’ve been looking into pixel art for inspiration for potential artwork. I found when I looked for “abstract pixel art” what came back was lots of the same kind of stuff. Basically abstract pixel art is horizontal stripes of colour, usually representing some kind of human character. The many artists who do this abstract pixel art all basically do that exact same thing. I don’t really get why. I mean when the first person did it, that’s interesting… When the 500th person is making little box characters from stripes of colour I’m pretty sure it’s been pushed as far as it will go.
So that was a mostly disappointing search. One thing I did find this morning was “glitch” art. It’s where you take an image file and then edit it in a text editor or a hex editor and mess up the code so that you end up with a distorted and messed up “glitched” image. For most people it’s the equivalent of a filter on an iphone (I think there are actually glitch filters in some photo editing suites) that makes your photos look weird, but it’s actually something you can learn to control and use in some very interesting ways although I think it’s probably something that takes a long time to understand enough to make work well. I discovered an artist called Gregory E. Pilling (clearly his real name) who posts lots of experiments on tumblr, some of which are rather beautiful and interesting.
I think this is two of the same image, one enlarged and layed over the other at an angle so the edges line up in an interesting way.
And then chasing up the reference to Brutalist Architecture: