Graphic Arrays

I am showing  a new work at DAM Frankfurt “BACK TO BACK” , opening next Sunday . “Graphic Arrays” is about screen resolutions and aspect ratios and how these evolved over the laste decades. The left board is dedicated to more recent mobile vertical resolution ending at iPad retina. The right board represents the long history of desktop screen pixel sizes starting with the classic VGA (640×480) IBM standard from 1987 till todays common 2560×1600 desktop monsters.  It’s also fun to look up the top screen resolutions of Internet users for each year screenresolution.org, sometimes even sorted by country (which it was up to date).  My first screen ever was a PAL 576×768 on a C64. Currently I am looking at 2560×1440 vastness. Of course the DPI(PPI) has increased immensely over the years, especially with all the mobile screens recently. It feels weird to look at a 5:4 SXGA screen (1280×1024, my favorite!)  today, almost portrait ration?!? At the same time when you cut a piece of paper in 16:9 format it looks overkill horizontal. But we mostly look at ratio all day, (our glowing window of desire … (in 16:9 …;))
See also related the verticalcinema.com project.

BACK TO BACK at DAM Frankfurt
Opening, February 17  2013, 11 am – 15 pm
Exhibition: 20th February – 27th April 2013

with: Aram Bartholl (D), Eelco Brand (NL), Joan Leandre (ES), Gerhard Mantz (D), Manfred Mohr (D), Vera Molnar (F), Frieder Nake (D), Casey Reas (US)

Graphic Arrays

media: paper, aluminum dibond,
dimensions: 90 x 56 cm,  54 x 72 cm

Aram Bartholl 2013

artist statement:
240×320, 240×400, 320×480, 480×640, 480×800, 540×960, 600×960, 600×1024, 640×960, 768×1024, 720×1280, 1366×768, 800×1280, 1080×1920, 1536×2048 640×480, 768×576, 800×600, 1024×600, 1024×768, 1152×720, 1280×720, 1280×768, 1280×800, 1152×864, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1360×768, 1366×768, 1440×900, 1600×900, 1400×1050, 1680×1050, 1600×1200, 1920×1080, 2048×1152, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440, 2560×1600