For most of us, pixelated photos are an annoyance. Taiwanese artist Hsu Tung Han, however, uses them for inspiration in his latest series of stunning wooden sculptures.
In a clash of digital and analogue, artist Hsu Tung Han carves figurative sculptures from wood that appear to be dissolving into fields of pixels. The Taiwanese artist views the carved figures of men and women as puzzles, planning for each configuration through a series of drawings and clay models. Han then produces the final work from segments of walnut, teak, or African wax wood, carving cubed pieces from the sculptures to give the illusion of suspended levitation or a paused transformation.
By carving delicate block-shaped details that separate from various parts of the sculpture, Han successfully creates the bizarre yet magnificently original illusion of pixelation in 3D form. He applies this technique masterfully on his most recent finished product, which depicts a snorkeler underwater. Here, the wooden ‘pixels’ seem to represent the water that surrounds and submerges the snorkeling man.
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