I like having coffee with my friend Paul, but haven’t managed to do so for years now. In 2005, I made a low resolution grayscale image of Paul by constructing a grid of variably creamed cups of coffee. Up close, you can’t recognize Paul in the rows and columns of coffee cups. But from an out-of-focus surveillance camera above, you can see Paul’s face on a nearby monitor. This early piece playfully examines the pitfalls of “the digital” and the return of recognizability through the analog artifact of blur.

Media: coffee, milk, surveillance camera
Dimensions: 114 cm x 160 cm / variable
Year: 2004
Grayscale value tests

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