Daniel Temkin

Dither Studies: Hand Renders

(2016 - now)

The Dither Studies are created by giving the computer an impossible task: to approximate a solid color using a palette of two complementary colors that will never visually recombine. They are then hand-rendered by the artist, painstakingly recreating the computer's output. The dithering algorithm, responsible for these patterns, is perhaps the fundamental algorithm of digital photography and has changed little since the 1970s.

During the Pandemic, working from a smaller home studio, I created a series of multi-panel works, which approximate the complexity of the larger-panel works. Each panel shows a dither at a different stage in transition from the first color to the second. Read more on Dither Studies...

Humble Arts, Straightening Trees in a Glitched-Out World (Interview) by Jon Feinstein

They "redefine our understanding of the function of the digital in the representation of reality" - from Dither Studies and Straightened Trees in Neural Magazine, Issue 67

Dither Studies are a selection of the Rhizome ArtBase at the New Museum. They were reviewed in the Brooklyn Rail and Fast Company's Co.Design Blog

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Atkinson in Red and Cornflower Blue
2020
acrylic on panel
dimensions variable (diptych, each panel 24" × 18")

Filter-Lite in Yellow and Blue
2020
acrylic on panel
dimensions variable (triptych, each panel 24" × 18")

Floyd-Steinberg in Orange and Teal
2020
acrylic on panel
dimensions variable (triptych, each panel 24" × 18")

Atkinson Triptych in Yellow and Lavender
2020
acrylic on panel
dimensions variable (triptych, each panel 24" × 18")

Two Row Sierra, 50% Blue (Approximation of Green)
2019
acrylic on panel
48 × 36 inches

Atkinson Dither, 48% Green
2018
acrylic on panel
48 × 36 inches

Atkinson Dither, 48% Teal
2018
acrylic on panel
48 × 36 inches

Floyd-Steinberg, 12.5% Green
2019
acrylic on panel
72 × 48 inches

Atkinson Dither, 57% Grey
2017
acrylic on panel
72 × 49 inches

Atkinson Dither, 49% Cornflower Blue
2020
acrylic on panel
48 × 36 inches

Jarvis Dither, 56% Grey
2019
acrylic on panel
72 × 48 inches

Burkes Dither, 32.4% Blue (Approximation of Green)
2019
acrylic on panel
48 × 36 inches

Floyd-Steinberg, 12% Green
2019
acrylic on panel
72 × 48 inches

Two-Row Sierra Dither, 45% Green
2018
acrylic on panel
48 × 36 inches

Filter Lite Dither, 34% Grey
2017
acrylic on panel
72 × 49 inches

Photoshop Diffusion Dither, 39% Teal
2019
acrylic on panel
48 × 36 inches

Floyd-Steinberg, 16.4% Lavender
2020
acrylic on panel
72 × 48 inches

Burkes Dither, 45% Teal
2018
acrylic on panel
72 × 48 inches

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