Jan Robert Leegte's NFT project JPEG on Artblocks tonight

Jan Robert Leegte's NFT project JPEG on Artblocks tonight

Jan Robert Leegte's NFT project JPEG on Artblocks tonight

Today Jan Robert Leegte's new NFT project JPEG will drop on Art Blocks at 18:00 CET! at ArtBlocks

JPEG (2022) is a collection of generative images in the JPEG file format. The work tries to break with the idea of the fixed file format, therefore creating the JPEG entirely from code using no image material whatsoever. The individual JPEGs are generated responsively at the moment of viewing based on the token hash as a random seed. You can literally drag the JPEG out from the browser window.

JPEG pays tribute to interface culture, and as such the work is responsive and not scaling. When the work is resized, the work is again rendered and compressed.
When viewed smaller, details will disappear, yet the composition stays recognizable. It’s like stepping back to see a work from further away.

In honor of the blockchain and the web, the work is written in vanilla JavaScript, using no dependancies, and generates a standard JPEG. This way the file is downloadable, aiming for a materiality that comes as close as possible to the standard browser.

This is not a JPEG depicting an image. The JPEG is the image itself.
Delving into the depths and peculiarities of the digital, tethered to art history, JPEG found its way to the surface. Generated color fields are utilised to trigger the compressing algorithm, resulting in a world of raw visual entities. Where the abstract expressionists cut out the depiction in painting, aiming to let the artist convey pure emotion, JPEG cuts out the artist’s emotion and lets it emerge from within the algorithm. Carefully you could categorize the work as compressionism. An art form where the machine speaks in its own raw language, but nevertheless makes a direct touch to our human heart. For more information #linkinbio

Launch JPEG | 31 Oct '22 | 18:00 CET | Art Blocks

Image: JPEG, Jan Robert Leegte, 2022

Publication date: 31 Oct '22