The single points of paint are only distinguishable when viewed up close or under magnification. These days we take for granted the concepts of screen resolution and pixelation but this artwork was truly groundbreaking and taught us so much about how the brain interprets what it sees.
It strikes me that the difficult simplicity Irina talks about in her piece is so much like this painting. Each dot a discreet piece of content adding color in its own way to the image of the site as a whole. What we envision is each author with his own brush painting his own dots but this simple idea viewed from a distance is mind numbingly difficult to coordinate.
The need for the artist – the one with the vision for the image as a whole can never go away. There must be a theme, a purpose or subject for the picture that is the site. And the individual contributors as important as they are remain constrained to a few colors.
It is possible to create beautiful works of art this way. But without the right technology it is painstakingly difficult and time consuming. High definition televisions today painting 1024 dots per inch of just three colors proves how much can be done with simple things delivered at the speed of light. It remains however a problem with scale and human beings. Authors will never be happy being reduced to the editorial equivalent of three colors making WCM less a canvas and more a dance of compromise between creativity and constraint.