Drawing Machine (simple)

The drawing machine plots images, reducing the practice of drawing to the gesture of tracing and inscription, without body, awareness, expressivity. It is the latest in a series of projects that have successively eliminated perception, expressivity, and now manual labor from drawing to see what remains.

Perhaps just the act of inscription. Or the production of an empty art object. What is left to eliminate?

Does the drawing machine have an essential character? Yes, a machinic character. Like other Computer Numeric Control (CNC) devices, it automates production, operating with a patience, repeatability, and precision which a human could not achieve. Drawing a grid is it’s “bread and butter.”

Sol Lewitt’s wall drawings are the best comparison to the drawing machine, with implications for understandings of work and labor in creative practice. They separate the labor of the project of drawing from conceptualization of the piece. Invisible labor of untold gallery assistants manufacture patterns according to the rule systems he created. My drawing machine raises the question, what distinguishes machine labor from hired human labor?

The drawings are in chronological order.


first attempts

IMG_2142

IMG_2158

IMG_2151

IMG_2163

IMG_2165

pocket knife 2

eyeball vision system

knife_view_close_mechanism

knife_front_medium

front_view

top_view

MVI_4442

MVI_4440

MVI_4447

MVI_4445

MVI_4444

IMG_5306

IMG_5307

IMG_5308

IMG_5309

IMG_5311

IMG_5312

IMG_5315

IMG_5316

IMG_5317

IMG_5318

IMG_5327

IMG_5329

IMG_5331

IMG_5332

IMG_5334

young diffraction

wood panel shotgun

plenoptic function

plenoptic closeup

drug 2

drug closeup

drug 1

wolfram

wolfram closeup

aikon - paul

arm recording apparatus

face track over grid

pen carriage side

pen carriage

wall wall wall

screen facing wall


top