project paper

8 Bits, 3 Dimensions

| November 2013

A collection of dimensionalized 3D prints inspired by the 8-bit watercolor paintings of Adam Lister

Our world is made by hand, with the tools and materials available at the time. Early builders used tools of wood and metal to create with blocks of stone. Later, we began to build our world digitally as well. Physical materials became bits and bytes, and once again our tools were basic and crude.

The simplistic beauty of the "8-bit" work that emerged from the first days of digital are what inspire the artwork and paintings of Adam Lister. They capture the essence of the digital age, representing familiar images of culture and art in a format that is nostalgic and beautiful in its limitations. Lister’s collection of 8-bit-inspired portraits, reproductions and original works have been met with critical acclaim and tremendous excitement from collectors.

Beyond the second dimension, the "8 Bits, 3 Dimensions" collection represents a further evolution of the digital age. Digital fabrication — or "3D Printing” — is a refinement of the digital building process. Today, our world can be precisely crafted using millions of bits, and then made manifest with machines that can produce designs to exact specifications. These are the tools of artist Isaac Budmen, who began with Lister’s work and added a third dimension to the pieces, bringing them to life in beautiful sandstone.

American Gothic in eight bits and three dimensions
American Gothic in eight bits and three dimensions
Photo: Budmen Industries
Breaking Bad in eight bits and three dimensions
Breaking Bad in eight bits and three dimensions
Photo: Budmen Industries
Mona Lisa in eight bits and three dimensions
Mona Lisa in eight bits and three dimensions
Photo: Budmen Industries
Superman in eight bits and three dimensions
Superman in eight bits and three dimensions
Photo: Budmen Industries
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The Kiss in eight bits and three dimensions
Photo: Budmen Industries
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Boba Fett in eight bits and three dimensions
Photo: Budmen Industries
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Nighthawks in eight bits and three dimensions
Photo: Budmen Industries
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Van Gogh in eight bits and three dimensions
Photo: Budmen Industries

COLLABORATORS

Adam Lister | Artist

Adam Lister is an 8 bit inspired water color artist who's uncanny ability to distill pop icons, famous works of fine art and other ubiquitous cultural imagery into only their most recognizable characteristics have lead his work to be called a 'cultural rorschach test'.​

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