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the art of gregory e. pilling

My artwork is entirely digitally produced. I begin with ordinary photographs or other images and then utilize a range of image, text and audio software to manipulate them, often glitching them beyond recognition. The images are then further tweaked and edited to taste. The final results of this process sometimes have a discernible subject matter, yet other times they are completely abstract and otherwordly.

When working on a piece, I think about how I can explore the textures and patterns that emerge early on in the manipulation process, how I can enhance the distortions that get created, and how I can play with the proximity and juxstaposition of dissimilar elements.

I am inspired by digital file compression artifacts and residue, lossy image and video file formats, datamoshing, glitch art, pixel art, barcodes, morse and other types of codes, repetition, landscapes, geometry, architecture (especially brutalism), rust, decay, and imperfections in general. Artists and designers that I am influenced by include Gerhard Richter, Rob Sheridan, Dirk Rudolph, David Carson and Jackson Pollock.

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Brecktin
file: desert1g
date: November 2011
The shifting sands of time. Based on a stock photo of desert sand dunes.
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Werklasn
file: monument1e
date: November 2011
Monument Valley in Utah, United States. Based on a stock photo of the valley's rock formations.
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Naryous
file: boy1p
date: November 2011
Many people are simply drones, receiving commands and mindlessly carrying out the orders of more powerful entities.
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Ceedle
file: tower1g40p
date: November 2011
Broadcasting messages to feed the drones.
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Bevargh Smopselm
file: baby1e50p
date: November 2011
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Ronolos
file: palm1c
date: November 2011
Second day at the beach.
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Lonoros
file: palm1a
date: November 2011
First day at the beach.
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Hauboppenspilt
file: egghand1b2
date: November 2011
It was at that very moment that the shockwave from the atomic blast hit with devastating effects.
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Foofitoofer
file: bluehead1i
date: November 2011
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Dijoubenphronque
file: parts1d33p
date: November 2011
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Jinfonnitz
file: banana1ec25p
date: November 2011
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Trindagh
file: sea1n
date: November 2011
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Cistuliam
file: spot1c
date: November 2011
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Solag
file: parsec2bp
date: November 2011
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Hepsham Bobitta
file: charpan5c
date: November 2011
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Flinzavorg
file: charpan5f
date: November 2011
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Hublems
file: tarragon1c
date: November 2011
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Frotilba
file: tarragon1a2c
date: November 2011
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Vefidins
file: drum1b
date: November 2011
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Tongib
file: lisa1b
date: November 2011
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Tonglibble
file: lisa1a
date: November 2011
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Iblyseff
file: mash1b
date: November 2011
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Ektinath
file: pom1c2
date: November 2011
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Leeloty
file: rust2a
date: November 2011
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Tordacera
file: rust1b
date: November 2011
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Bluplishinfran
file: 1918-1a3c
date: November 2011
Wildflowers sway in the breeze at dusk.
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Clijamonktiss
file: 1918-1a2b-grass
date: November 2011
Digital heath on a cybernetic English moor.
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Fraloyt 2
file: fw11
date: November 2011
Short circuit at Fallingwater.
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Eidelmarr
file: 1956-7-1b4-50p
date: November 2011
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Vilillus
file: 1956-7-3c
date: November 2011
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Hyvip Simber Sanxis
file: 1943-5c2
date: November 2011
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Liropny Narrol
file: 1956-7-2c
date: November 2011
Precise geometric calculations must be used to ensure that all corners meet properly. The small angles are 26.57 degrees and the larger tilted shapes are 223.61% the size of the smaller ones.
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Vantoosit Blants
file: 1956-7-1d
date: November 2011
Orthogonal shapes don't line up very well when rotated on intervals of 30 and 60 degrees, but the random shapes that are produced by the overlapping layers prove interesting.
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Nimbole Turber
file: 1943-5d3
date: November 2011
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Bu Blar Blirps
file: 1943-5b3
date: November 2011
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Mij Walleshna Hibottelsk
file: 1957-1j
date: November 2011
Geometry is the most fascinating branch of mathematics.
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Bimburter
file: 1957-1h
date: November 2011
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Terjana Zinflotta
file: 1957-1e
date: November 2011
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Gerjansit
file: rut1c
date: November 2011
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Abodadim Bottababu
file: 1919-1b
date: November 2011
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Gerspinter
file: bir2b
date: November 2011
A bird sits in his cage.
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Glempan
file: pnc3
date: November 2011
Elongated pixels were specifically selected for their beauty from a photograph and arranged in an order proportionally similar to their original locations.
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Freddil Twanner
file: 106155z2
date: November 2011
Reminiscent of Christmas wrapping paper from the 70s.
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Fer Fer Ferfer
file: 1929-11
date: November 2011
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Scroolige Frembombidabour
file: 1929-10
date: November 2011
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Ayerro
file: 1929-6
date: November 2011
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Simopselt
file: sam2
date: November 2011
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Veric
file: sam4
date: November 2011
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Fimelol Crelad
file: aster3a
date: November 2011
Days of the summer. Time passes quickly.
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Embris Mitend
file: electricsky1x
date: November 2011
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Doivanklir
file: opopo3v3
date: November 2011
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Alminony
file: opopo3v1
date: November 2011
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Dertambo
file: surfx1-2
date: November 2011
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Co Mickmita
file: 106155xx2
date: November 2011
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Xinhanwon
file: hugexeguh
date: October 2011
A tiny 8 pixel by 8 pixel pattern is repeated 4,096 times, recreating itself at several scales along the way.
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Klarramur
file: klarramur4
date: October 2011
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Lipsolbard
file: fwp4a
date: October 2011
The sun and the sky shine through the treetops.
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Ordusnaleth
file: fwp5-5
date: October 2011
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Hepstemblir
file: fwp3
date: October 2011
Even when the big ones appear to be the same, they're not.
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Plurtiplam
file: 19409
date: October 2011
Whatever it is that you're looking for, you'll find it out there inbetween the field and the sky. All great things exist in nature.
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Gorblannit
file: 19313
date: October 2011
One of the key tactics to avoid becoming overwhelmed by something is to break it down into small chunks. Thinking about the big picture may be chaotic and confusing at first, but things become clearer and more manageable when you focus on one piece at a time. Then at the end, you can look back and see how everything fits together.
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Binvin Vlesopp
file: 201311
date: October 2011
All the toys in the toy box scream for attention. "Play with me!" they demand. But none are more tempting than the big, red firetruck.
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Drolesor
file: 194024f
date: October 2011
Rosemary, an eccentric old woman from Seattle, knits a warm blanket for her newborn grandson.
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Jibbamants Drism
file: 194026
date: October 2011
Perhaps little Jacob would prefer brighter colors, Rosemary wonders.
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Hidoobon
file: 06612
date: October 2011
Few are able to enjoy the fragments of color hidden in the blackness of the night. Only creatures with the best night vision can pick out the layers of microscopic particles floating in the air as they reflect the moonlight.
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Sormig Langh
file: 19584
date: October 2011
Colonel Kittinger's vision is fuzzy as he gazes out at the stunning vista just before he jumps off the highest step in the world.
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Pellodivog
file: 19436
date: October 2011
The longest day of the year always has the most colors, no matter what the time.
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Tineppi
file: 19595
date: October 2011
Go outside! The weather is beautiful.
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Oglety
file: 19293
date: October 2011
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Binveros
file: 19162
date: October 2011
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Phansid Glettrus
file: 19163f
date: October 2011
Pretty pink pixel patterns.
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Mullet!!!
file: and11
date: August 2011
Originally a photograph of a friend.
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title
file: midy5
date: August 2011
Originally a photograph of some friends.
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title
file: midy8
date: August 2011
Originally a photograph of some friends.
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The Horror
file: sos1-2
date: August 2011
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When Day Turns Into Night
file: stavanger6-6-1b
date: August 2011
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Avoid Oncoming Traffic
file: stavanger6-6-1c
date: August 2011
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In Perfect Harmony
file: ryanoraw3-1
date: August 2011
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Non-Monolithic
file: stavanger6-8-1
date: August 2011
There may be only two major political parties in the United States, but they are not monolithic in opinion.
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Integrated
file: stavanger6-8-2b
date: August 2011
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You Can Feel the Sky
file: 10a2-d
date: August 2011
Originally a photograph of me.
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A Warm Place
file: 10a2-1
date: June 2011
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Amber Waves of Pygmy Goats
file: 10a2-2
date: June 2011
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Diamond-Tipped
file: 09b1-3
date: June 2011
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Orange (Yeah, That's Right)
file: 10a3-1
date: June 2011
Bonus points to you if you know where the title of this piece comes from.
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Twentyfour
file: 10a7-3
date: June 2011
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Narwhals
file: 10a9-1
date: June 2011
A pod of narwhals swims in the Arctic Ocean. Can you see them? They're under the ice.
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Brutal
file: 10a12-1
date: June 2011
Brutalist style architecture is easily found in many major cities, but not so easily loved by the general public.
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Pyroclastic Flow
file: 01copyb3
date: June 2011
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What Happened Here?
file: 04
date: June 2011
All we were trying to do was have a nice little party, but something went horribly wrong.
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Nobody Knows What That Means
file: 05-2-1a
date: June 2011
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Subfusc Nacre
file: 05-2-5a
date: June 2011
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Disarray
file: 05-2-6a
date: June 2011
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What Remains of the Arctic
file: 05-2-6c
date: June 2011
Huge chunks of ice break off the edge of a glacier and plunge into the ocean below. Images like this one are becoming all too common.
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Reflections in Polished Onyx
file: 08a1-1
date: June 2011
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Dreaming of What Lies Beyond
file: 08a3-2
date: June 2011
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Isn't There Any Other Way?
file: 08a4-1
date: June 2011
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Rising Steam
file: 08b2-1
date: June 2011
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Buffering...
file: 08b3-1
date: June 2011
Whether it says "buffering" or "loading" or whatever, those slow-moving bars are just really annoying.
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Louise Nevelson's Library
file: 08b3-2
date: June 2011
This monotone design is reminiscent of a built-in, functional piece of wall art, part Louise Nevelson sculpture and part system of bookshelves.
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Filter Out the Clutter
file: 08b4-1b
date: June 2011
Looking like an up-close view of an air filter, captured dust particles and all, this design represents the importance of not worrying about the frivolous things in life.
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Shadows on the Boardwalk
file: 08b5-3
date: June 2011
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Decorated Soldiers
file: 08b6-1
date: June 2011
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Clarissa
file: 08b7-1
date: June 2011
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Set Your Phasers to Stun
file: 08b8-1
date: June 2011
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Apparition
file: 08b8-2
date: June 2011
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Our Goal is the Vindication of What is Right
file: 09a-1-1
date: June 2011
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Chicago River at Dusk
file: 09a-5-2
date: June 2011
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Wind on the Moor
file: 09a-6-1
date: June 2011
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You Have a Warped Sense of Humor
file: 09a-7-2
date: June 2011
Yes, I do.
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Caribbean Sunset
file: stavanger6-5-3
date: June 2011
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Guilherme's House
file: stavanger6-6-2
date: June 2011
This design's use of clustered accent colors on a background of geometric neutrals reminds me of the interior design of Brazilian architect Guilherme Torres's own home, hence the name.
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Traffic
file: stavanger6-7-2b
date: June 2011
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Code
file: stavanger6-9-3
date: June 2011
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Post No Bills
file: shia10
date: February 2011
Originally a photograph of a friend.
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An Unfamiliar Dimension
file: shia10-1
date: February 2011
Originally a photograph of a friend.
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Swan Lake
file: shia6-1b
date: February 2011
Originally a photograph of a friend.
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Somewhat Damaged
file: shia6-2
date: February 2011
Originally a photograph of a friend.
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Fortress
file: r14m2d1-2
date: February 2011
Originally a photograph of a friend.
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Ice Floe
file: jeti5
date: February 2011
Originally a photograph of some friends.
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Behavior Patterns
file: ryan1-4m5m2
date: February 2011
Originally a photograph of a friend.
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Graphic Mutilation 2
file: eddm1b
date: February 2011
Originally a photograph of me.
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Graphic Mutilation 2 (detail 1)
file: eddm1-2
date: February 2011
Originally a photograph of me.
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Graphic Mutilation 2 (detail 2)
file: eddm1-3
date: February 2011
Originally a photograph of me.
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The Weather Outside
file: scan0012raw3-6-3b
date: February 2011
Originally a photograph of my cat.
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Pink Pussy
file: scan0012raw3-6-2
date: February 2011
Originally a photograph of my cat.
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Purple Mountain Majesty
file: scan0012raw3-6-6
date: February 2011
Originally a photograph of my cat.
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I Know the Pieces Fit
file: 0012-2-2
date: February 2011
Originally a photograph of my cat.
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The Price of Living Below Sea Level
file: scan0012raw3-6-7
date: February 2011
Originally a photograph of my cat.
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LCD
file: brentsmall-2
date: February 2011
Originally a photograph of a porn star.
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The Most American Water Tower Ever Made
file: brentsmall1-3-4
date: February 2011
Originally a photograph of a porn star.
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Static Paths
file: brentsmall1-3-2
date: February 2011
Originally a photograph of a porn star.
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I Saw It Very Clearly
file: screen3-3
date: August 2010
Originally a screenshot of my computer's desktop.
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Solar Surf
file: screen4-2
date: August 2010
Originally a screenshot of my computer's desktop.
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Ambiguity
file: screen5-2
date: August 2010
Originally a screenshot of my computer's desktop.
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Peter's City of Culture
file: omar2
date: August 2010
Originally a satellite image of a desert.
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The Kind of Damage Only a Glacier Could Do
file: omar3
date: August 2010
Originally a satellite image of a desert.
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Redhead
file: gert3
date: August 2010
Originally a photograph of a Swedish band from the 1970s.
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September (The Beginning of Autumn)
file: jonnys3
date: August 2010
Originally a photograph of a Swedish band from the 1970s.
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Digital Moss
file: opopo9
date: August 2010
Originally a frame from a video on Youtube.
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Spectral Analysis
file: charpan2
date: August 2010
Originally a photograph of me.
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On a White Lake, Near a Green Mountain
file: charpan4-2
date: August 2010
Originally a photograph of me.
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Everyone in France is Blue
file: 106155-5
date: August 2010
Originally a photo of a bike in the basement.
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They're Everywhere
file: dandelions6b
date: August 2010
Originally no idea.
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The Biggest Cruise Ship
file: eloise4
date: August 2010
Originally a screenshot of a Google image search result page.
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Amethyst Theatre
file: eloise3-3
date: August 2010
Originally a screenshot of a Google image search result page.
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Urban Harbor at Night
file: eloise2-2b
date: August 2010
Originally a screenshot of a Google image search result page.
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The Crystallization Process
file: fjord2-3
date: August 2010
Originally a satellite image of a fjord.
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Ice Level
file: fjord2-3f
date: August 2010
Originally a satellite image of a fjord.
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Stacked Mountain Ranges
file: fjord1-3b
date: August 2010
Originally a satellite image of a fjord.
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Lights in the Sky
file: nyc1-4
date: August 2010
Originally a satellite image of New York City.
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Boston City Hall Overdrive
file: porschecode2-6-4
date: August 2010
Originally a screenshot of the computer code of a picture of a Porsche.
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Hotels Line the Beach
file: surf2-2
date: August 2010
Originally a photo of a beach with palm trees.
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Transatlantic Interference
file: surf1-3
date: August 2010
Originally a photo of a beach with palm trees.
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Deep Sea Vent
file: volc3-2
date: August 2010
Originally a satellite image of a volcano.
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Fragmented
file: volc1-2b
date: August 2010
Originally a satellite image of a volcano.
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Breaking Waves
file: untitled-1
date: August 2010
Originally a drawing from the 1800s.
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Layers
file: 933-3-4
date: August 2010
Originally a photo of toilet paper.
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Penetrating the Surface
file: 1133-1-3
date: August 2010
Originally a photo of my hand.
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Meadow
file: 1133-2-2
date: August 2010
Originally a photo of my hand.
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Ugly Striped Shirt
file: 1133-3-1
date: August 2010
Originally a photo of my hand.
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Less Ugly Striped Shirt
file: 1133-3-2
date: August 2010
Originally a photo of my hand.
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I Don't Know How Sand Keeps Getting In My Pockets
file: 8160-3
date: August 2010
Originally a photo of a shirt.
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Ghastly
file: 8765-2
date: August 2010
Originally a photo of a hoodie.
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Vertigo
file: 9428-3b
date: August 2010
Originally a photo of a broken mailbox.
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The Ground in Front of the Barn
file: 9428-4
date: August 2010
Originally a photo of a broken mailbox.
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This Kid is Obviously on Acid
file: 477648-4b
date: August 2010
Originally a photo of someone's head.
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Night at the Arcade
file: 477648-6
date: August 2010
Originally a photo of someone's head.
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Blades 1
file: bv5-1-2
date: August 2010
Originally a photo of Volker Beck.
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Blades 2
file: bv5-1-3
date: August 2010
Originally a photo of Volker Beck.
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Granny's Handiwork
file: bv5-2-2
date: August 2010
Originally a photo of Volker Beck.
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The Winds of Change
file: bv5-3-2
date: August 2010
Originally a photo of Volker Beck.
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Define Reality
file: bv5-4-3
date: August 2010
Originally a photo of Volker Beck.
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Blue Light Lens
file: bv5-5-3
date: August 2010
Originally a photo of Volker Beck.
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Nature vs. Technology
file: bv5-6-3
date: August 2010
Originally a photo of Volker Beck.
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Damaged Armor
file: bv5-7-3
date: August 2010
Originally a photo of Volker Beck.
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When You Stare at the Sun, What Do You See?
file: 106155-8
date: August 2010
Originally a photo of a bike in the basement.
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A Non-Scientific Plot of Human Diversity
file: charpan3-2
date: August 2010
Originally a photograph of me.
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Rainbow Zebra
file: fjord4-2
date: August 2010
Originally a satellite image of a fjord.
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Sea Floor Scan
file: nyc3-1b
date: August 2010
Originally a satellite image of New York City.
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I Know This Place
file: nyc3-2b
date: August 2010
Originally a satellite image of New York City.
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Pure Luxury
file: nyc4b
date: August 2010
Originally a satellite image of New York City.
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Doom
file: omar4
date: August 2010
Originally a satellite image of a desert.
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Samuel Morse's Symphony
file: porschecode4
date: August 2010
Originally a screenshot of the computer code of a picture of a Porsche.
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SMS Remix
file: porschecode5b
date: August 2010
Originally a screenshot of the computer code of a picture of a Porsche.
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contact: gepilling[at]yahoo[dot]com