"Study for Messier 17" by Jan Pieter Fokkens

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W: 25.25" D: 1.25" H: 31.25"
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Entitled "Study for Messier 17," this painting by Chicago-artist Jan Pieter Fokkens offers a representation of the spectacular star-forming region Messier 17, also known as the Omega Nebula or Swan Nebula. A vast region of gas, dust and hot young stars, Messier 17 lies in the heart of the Milky Way, tucked within the constellation of Sagittarius (the Archer).

Inspired by telescope images of deep space, contemporary computer compression algorithms and early non-representational art, Fokkens recreates images that exist beyond our imagination. Done completely by hand, each work is created with the use of custom algorithms that extract qualities such as pattern, form and color. Fokkens then paints each of these abstracted qualities as a single line upon paper. The result is a reductionist, analogue interpretation of an unimaginable digital reality.

Framed. Acrylic on paper.

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