It was the turn-of-the-century Y2K scare and its threatened digital apocalypse that first inspired Omaha-based bar-code artist Scott Blake to develop his oeuvre, along with the dot-screen technique made famous by pop art icon Roy Lichtenstein: His first bar-code image was "Bar Code Jesus," a pixelated portrait mosaic of Photoshopped bar codes. It was all surface, no depth, a comment on the commercialization of religion, but it also represented a wide-open niche in digital art, and Blake dove right in. Subsequent bar-code Jesus images by Blake go a step further in terms of technology: The embedded bar codes contain scannable words from the Bible.
Nearly ten years later, Blake has bar-coded everyone from Elvis to Oprah, turned bar codes into flip books and temporary tattoos. Now hes taking it all on a... More >>>