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BlackRock Presents ‘Transcolorations’ Abstract Sculptures of How Computers Interpret Color




Using 3D printing and other digital technologies, a local Maryland artist creates a physical definition of digital photography.

Investigating the technologies that dictate how color is recorded, interpreted and output within the digital domain, Jon Malis creates a physical definition of digital photography in abstract sculptures using computer-controlled production methods.

The works presented in his solo exhibition, “Transcolorations,” translate the physicality of an ephemeral dataset into “tangible color” using 3D printing and other digital technologies to physically reproduce the shapes of how color is encoded. Concerned with how colors are stored and displayed, Malis equally considers the source of the raw data as well as how presentation and viewing perspectives can alter our relationship with data.


He holds an MFA in Film & Electronic Media from American Universi