TONY ROBINS
Copper & Base64
Treated and Fired Copper and Laser Engraved Black Acrylic on Maple Wood Frames
Series of 5
48 x 96 in.

Referencing Judd and others who placed a priority on materiality and proportion, this work indulges in the minimalist of the copper, but now as part of a diptych with a photograph of the copper translated into the Base64 medium. It is a comment on the visceral delight of the metal versus the unintelligible and slick cyber-medium. It changes the modernist indulgence in materiality, void of overt meaning other than its signification, as it sits with its Base64 counterpart, a non-minimalist ‘text’ aligning itself with minimalism by being a vast and almost homogeneous field. Further, it highlights the present condition of a growing removal from reality.

Base64 is a generic term for a number of similar encoding schemes that encodes binary data by treating it numerically and translating it into a base 64 representation. The Base64 term originates from a specific MIME content transfer encoding. (MIME – Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions, is an Internet standard that helps extend the limited capabilities of email by allowing insertion of images, sounds, and text in a message) Base64 encoding schemes are commonly used when there is a need to encode binary data that needs to be stored and transferred over media that are designed to deal with textual data. This is to ensure that the data remains intact without modification during transport.

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