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Spatial Consciousness Drawing

Spatial Consciousness Drawing

Durational Feedback Drawing

Durational Feedback Drawing

I have posted these two related drawings before, but I have been thinking about them recently while trying to clarify my research practice. They were made twenty years ago and in making them I knew what I was discussing but could not discuss it. Through the subsequent work I can now articulate what they are about, and understand the importance of making work like this in the broader frame of things. There is a set of drawings that forms and antecedent to these, but if I look at what I am doing now it stems from these two drawings.

Rear view of one of the new instruments

Rear view of one of the new instruments

Here is the reverse view of Instrument Eight. The instruments are built out of aluminium this time, which makes them much more robust. You might notice quite a few differences on the front side from the previous instruments.

Instrument Five

Instrument Five

I don’t think I have posted this photograph before (either). It is of Instrument Five in one of the last drawing sessions. The paint catapults are quite accurate (more so than anticipated when designing and making them) but in this case the paint mostly falls short of the drawing pieces it is aimed at. The figure fo the flying paint is still quite intriguing, and a reminder of the uncertainty inherent in the process. The colour of the flying paint is simply due to including (unmixed) portions of white and orange latex paint in the catapult cup. Although I fabricated almost every part of the instruments, I used kitchen measuring spoons for the catapult with a hemispherical cups. The catapults were designed for disposable plastic spoons so that I could change them quickly between throws for colour changes, but their cup shape did not produce very concentrated throws.

Instrument Five

Instrument Five

I don’t think I have posted this photograph before – it is the final high speed flash photograph from Instrument Five, a wider view than most of the flying paint pictures. The instrument with the paint catapult that makes the throw is off to the left. The flying paint in this image is quite feint, but can be seen as a diagonal line entering the drawing pieces from the top left.

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