The « Pixel Art »

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Recently, we told you more about the genesis of this project mixing photography, pixel art and participatory art in a series of posts entitled « From knitting to photography » and available here:…/du-tricot-a-la-photo/…/du-tricot-a-la-photo/. We now take you to the discovery of « Pixel Art », the essence and guiding thread of Impression Soleil Couleurs.

◾But what is « Pixel Art »?
It’s a digital composition that uses low screen resolution and a previously limited number of colors. In fact, the basic material of pixel art is the plastic representation of the pixel (an English contraction of « picture element » or « élément d’image »). That is to say, a more or less square and coloured surface, as an elementary component of any pixel art creation.
Pixel Art is a movement that finds its sources as much in the history of art as in the appearance of video games, the deployment of the internet and new technologies. It affects all artistic practices but also many generations.
Thus, in order to tighten these intergenerational links, following the example of the project « Together we are Monet » by Knit a smile, Citémômes aims to create a giant participatory work through its brand new project « Impression soleil coulors »…
This time, however, it’s not about little knitting squares… But pictures!

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◾To illustrate our point, let us now discover works that are part of this artistic movement or that are very close to it… Such as impressionism for example! 🖼
We can indeed link the pixelisation process to impressionism in its vision of the key: the tool trace. Depending on the amount of paint material deposited on the support, the key is light or has impasto. The impressionist way consists in applying the paint in visible strokes, highlighting the vibrant aspect of a general atmosphere more than a hyperrealistic representation of the observed reality.
This juxtaposition of strokes can thus resemble juxtapositions of fragments, objects or squares.
And how could we not evoke Claude Monet? Indeed, since 2016 our dear team of volunteers has been working on the realization of 7 giant participatory works by collecting knitting squares, as part of the project « Together we are Monet » by Knit a smile, all representing works by Claude Monet.

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◾Let’s now look at a unique work and to say the least… Disconcerting!
Salvador Dali’s Lincoln, from 1975, offers a double reading: on the one hand, the painted squares represent Gala, the artist’s wife, facing a window opening onto a luminous space. A clue is left at the bottom of the canvas, two squares: Gala in miniature, and the portrait of Abraham Lincoln.
To the left of the picture, here is a view of the painting from the Figeras Museum in Spain, where it is on display. The distance between the work, which is displayed several meters high, and the viewer allows another reading of the work, which reveals the portrait of Abraham Lincoln.
And what about your photos in all this? The giant participatory works of the project Impression soleil couleurs will also have several perspectives and readings: very closely you will be able to recognize your photos and have fun observing those of other color hunters. 🔍 With hindsight, famous impressionist paintings will magically appear !✨

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◾Let’s take a look at the work of the German painter Gerhard Richter… The work below, signed by the latter, is composed of 4900 brightly coloured squares arranged randomly by a concept he invented and entitled: « controlled chance ». The squares were painted on 100 aluminium panels. The panels can be viewed as a single work of art measuring 69 square metres or the work can be displayed as 49 separate pieces. And what about Citémômes?
Just like at Richter’s, it will be a question of creating a giant work of art from a wide range of colours and a large number of small squares to form a single work of art… But without any chance! ✨

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◾Urban art or street art is both an artistic movement and a mode of artistic expression, which has been asserting itself or claiming to do so since the end of the 20th century. It encompasses all forms of art created in the public space, and includes various techniques such as graffiti on walls, stencil, mosaic, posters and collage, and even installations such as urban knitting or yarn bombing, which is very popular at Citémômes! The artist Invader spreads his ceramic mosaics in the city, reminiscent of the famous game Space Invader, and his approach can be summed up in three points: the meeting between mosaic and pixel, the transposition of a video game into reality and a process of invasion on a planetary scale! The street as an ephemeral canvas? Street art, however ephemeral it may be, touches many people through its visible aspect and is accessible to all. This is, in the end, the goal!