MICHAEL VICTOR · MVR RUGGIERO | United States
Behind ‘PiXel World Beach’
▪ ‘Playa Mundial de PiXeles’ Exhibit
The design layout of the artwork here is first a statement of the times.
It is also a personal reaction to my experience as an artist on Social Media; specifically how too often as a landscape artist I must crop works for display on Social Media – to get anything sizable -- because aspect ratios favor portrait orientation. That’s a hard line rule on Instagram where images do not rotate with rotation of cell phones, nor does zoom magnification stay with release of one’s hand.
In this exhibit with set portrait-orientation, I recognized textbook opportunity in the large-format dimensions allotted, so I didn’t mind cropping this beach scene, again. I did however take full advantage of the long 54” vertical dimension.
An appropriate frame for works ‘By-Hand and Pixel-Paint Media’, as mine is right, is a Smartphone or any mobile device. Beyond that, all artists and curators now have to adjust works past and present to these devices to publicize them to mass audiences.
Design helps reduce what naiveté remains about any of this on the part of anyone.
PastelsXL Works' #pxImpressions
At height 44”, maximum enlargement (magnification) of this work, even in part, drives home the visual impact and quality of pxImpressions, refined microscopically through pixel-painting, and magnified for all to enjoy.
A wonder of this process is that the tiniest pigment grains become apparent to simulate sand and salt of ocean waters, giving beach scenes new textural authenticity.