Barry Wheeler

2015 Exhibiting Artist
Venue: Nickelodeon Theater


Artist Statement:

digit-eyes is a simple, graphical image printed on a series of transparencies and mounted in a custom light box. The visible picture is a composite of four distinct color channels: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key (or black). Each channel was printed on a separate transparency, mounted approximately ½” apart, and then backlit. The cyan, magenta, yellow, and black layers, in various combinations, produce “new” colors: reds, blues, greens, and grays. When viewed from the center at a distance, digit-eyes appears as a single image containing nine distinct colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, black, red, blue, green, white, and gray), but when viewed up close or from a sharp angle, only four overlapping colors are apparent (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black). A standard for digital printing, the CMYK color space – as employed in this image – simulates almost every perceptible color. digit-eyes demonstrates one of the underlying principles of digital information and data: complexity arises from simplicity.

Barry Wheeler is an IT professional and a Columbia, SC artist, concentrating his work on photography and digital imaging. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina (MA, Media Arts). His background in science and computers motivates his practice, which explores the relationships between technology, digital process, information design, and art.