“I Am What I Eat” Barcode Paintings by Scott Blake

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“I Am What I Eat” is a 32-part series of “barcode paintings” by the Omaha-based artist Scott Blake. In 2001, Blake kept a record of some of the grocery items he consumed by replicating the barcode on a larger canvas. In black paint, Blake recreates the lines of the code and fills in the numbers with stencils. The simple paintings represent years’ worth of food and drink, ranging from sriracha to sorbet, with a readable barcode and UPC number. Viewers can scan the paintings with their portable devices to reveal the edible item in question. Furthermore, they can even interact with the work by shopping online or looking at nutritional information. But, perhaps one shouldn’t take the search for information too seriously. In one large painting, Blake replaces the numbers with the word “Armageddon.”



Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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