jon malis

sRGB (The Colors Of The Internet)

Employing modeling software used by photographers and graphic artists to chart the color response of monitors, cameras, printers and similar digital devices, sRGB (The Colors Of The Internet) brings a digital concept and notion into physical existence and space.

As a digitally modeled (and produced) form, the small sculpture serves as the reference – an ideal of the shape and representational structure – of a physical representation all of the colors it is possible to display when viewing images that have been converted for, and transmitted over, the internet. Hanging above this object is a large, hand-made interpretation of the same basic information (shape). Working with the exact model and schematics that the small print was digitally fashioned via, I commissioned, over the internet, a factory to produce a hand-made, and enlarged, version of the work.

Through its transformation from the digital into “real” space, it has undergone a process similar to how images (all visual content) are uploaded, encoded, transmitted, decoded and viewed over the internet. By presenting both the “original” objet in conversation with its interpreted sibling, parallels are able to be drawn between form and interpretation, questioning the presentation of content and how technology and transmission can influence our viewing experiences.

In 2016, I was commissioned by the Station North Arts & Entertainment District (Baltimore, MD), to create a series of photographic works based off this installation.


sRGB (The Colors Of The Internet) Installation View: Slade Research Center, London, UK, 2015
sRGB (The Colors Of The Internet) sRGB (The Colors Of The Internet) (Bottom View), (10" x 10", digital photographic print). Commissioned for Station North CSA, 2016
sRGB (The Colors Of The Internet) sRGB (The Colors Of The Internet) (Left View), (10" x 10", digital photographic print). Commissioned for Station North CSA, 2016
sRGB (The Colors Of The Internet) sRGB (The Colors Of The Internet) (Top View), (10" x 10", digital photographic print). Commissioned for Station North CSA
sRGB (The Colors Of The Internet) Installation View: Camden Arts Centre, London, UK, 2015 (Detail of 3d Print)
sRGB (The Colors Of The Internet) Installation View: Camden Arts Centre, London, UK, 2015 (Detail of Inflatable "translation")
sRGB (The Colors Of The Internet) Installation View: Loyola University - Faculty Biennial, 2015