Test Drawings

Anamorphic test drawing

The drawing above ( and also the two images below) is a test drawing made around 1999 as an attempt to study the potential of anamorphic projection as a way of spatialising the picture plane. It is a composite between three-dimensional moving parts (lower right hand side, that were bolted to the drawing an a space that was also milled out into the drawing surface) and the drawing. The image below shows a detail of the three-dimensional elements. The image is made to see how tolerant an image could be to various positions of viewing and still make sense from that position (as opposed to compensating for the parallactic deviation from the frontal view). In other words, as you moved round the drawing the question was does the image still make sense as it is seen from that position, while still making sense when seen from from a frontal position. The third image shows a view from the left hand side of the image.

Detail (Nat Chard)

Anamorphic view

The main figure, a diaphanous form, is related to a number of studies I had made in 1992 and 1992 looking at the space we might imagine to be our own, a sort of spatial projection. The first two drawings below are studies for two people walking together. I have posted the final drawing before but this is a recent scan off a slide that I recently cleaned up a bit, and shows the drawing better than the earlier version.

Test drawing

Test drawing

The space of two people walking (Nat Chard)

  1. Klaus Molterer said:

    First of all thank you for sharing all of your work here, it`s a wonderful resource and Inspiration!

    Looking at your drawing it makes me think of Emmanuel Maignans painting in San Trinità di Monti in Rome…..


    I feel its quite close to have one object representing multiple things in different picture planes opposed to one object revealing itself and while the other objects lose their meaning as the observer moves away from the obvious picture plane. (All those “dirty” hidden pictures in baroue illustrations).

    I’m also wondering how three dimensional objects might be suited for this transformation; could they be capable of anamorphically rearranging themselves with the observes movement?!

    Also your diorama work is highly exciting (even if this might sound weird to some people), and it really made me think about possible 3 dimensional implications that I´m trying to work on. Maybe I´ll be able to share those with you once they develop further….

    Best from Vienna

    • I made a short video of the painting at Trinità di Monti you mention, going from the anamorphic view to the resolved and back again. If I can find it I will post it in a few days.
      Thanks for your comments.

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