Barcode Art by Scott Blake

Tampa born artist Scott Blake creates unique works of art using bar codes.

"I created this portrait of Jesus using my first refined barcode program. The individual tiles look like real barcodes, but the halftone goes beyond regular density patterns. I created a scannable barcode signature, in the lower left corner using the UPC lines from a Pepsi 2-Liter."

“I was originally inspired by the Y2K computer bug back in 1998. It was the end of the world all because of zeros and ones.”

"I stumbled upon barcode imagery while experimenting with halftone dot patterns. I was inspired by Roy Liechtenstein's large comic book style paintings with the over sized benday dots. I was looking for a black and white shape that could be repeated and modified to create gray tones for a digital mosaic. I first tried circles or dots and then squares, then rectangles. The tile patterns morphed into a cluster of lines, and before I knew it, I was staring at a bunch of bar codes. I assigned the numbers to describe each pixel's grayscale value and grid coordinate."

"It takes me 2 - 6 months to make a portrait out of barcodes. I start by collecting UPC or ISBN numbers that relate to the person. I search online databases for DVDs, CDs, or books, whatever products I can find that relate to the celebrity. Next, instead of arranging the barcodes straight up and down, I like to create unique tile patterns to add extra dimension to each portrait."

"I have made more than 30 large-scale digital portraits of cultural icons using actual barcodes connected to some aspect of their lives."

"My Barcode Elvis portrait is made with barcodes from his music CDs."

"Barcode Bruce Lee and Barcode Marilyn Monroe are comprised of barcodes from their movie DVDs."

"Barcode Oprah is made with the ISBN barcodes from her book club."

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Source: lodownmagazine


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