Shotgun Review

Noise Study 001

By Shotgun Reviews March 29, 2012

Noise Study 001 (2012) by Anthony Discenza is a roughly four-by-five-foot, black-and-white picture made up entirely of what looks like Quick Response codes (QR codes). The picture is sort of an optical illusion. At a close-up glance, it looks like one big QR code, but when you look at it from about ten feet away, you can see that the slightly lighter shapes make up a picture of the famous singer Britney Spears.

Even though she almost looks like a shadow, she looks like she is posing for a picture. There is no background, just grayish black-and-white shapes. You can tell it is Britney Spears because of her face, facial expression, and hair, which you can tell is blond because it is lighter and you can see shadows behind it.

I feel that the artist was trying to show how he sees Britney Spears. The reason the picture is made of what look like QR codes is to make it more interesting and more eye-catching. When you are looking at the picture, you really have to look at it carefully to see the image inside.


Anthony Discenza. Noise Study 001, 2012; archival inkjet print, edition of 3; 44 x 60 in. Courtesy of the Artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.


Portraiture Post Facebook is on view at Catharine Clark Gallery, in San Francisco, through April 7, 2012. This review was produced as part of the Art Smarts workshop held in conjunction with 826 Valencia.


Bella is eleven years old and goes to Ocean Shore School. She is in sixth grade and likes to read fiction, listen to music, and hang out with friends. Bella plays the trumpet in her band class and has been playing for about a year.

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