Contour of Tone is a 3'x3'x6" relief panel developed as part of the Postdigital Projections studio. The project uses an image as a starting point for design, making a reconstruction through different methods of representation inspired by the methodologies of artists like Chuck Close. A hierarchy of pixels was developed with smaller inset wood pixels. The relief is determined from the tone, value, and shadow of the image instead of its topography, leaving a contour of tonality. The subject of a face was chosen as an easily recognizable figure. By slowly increasing the tone of each pixel in the projection, the face becomes more apparent. The then recognizable image is deconstructed, chopped, rotated, and the resolution is altered as an experiment in human recognition of the familiar subject.
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