After being assigned a random assortment of hardware bits in a brown paper sack, I made as many visual experiments as I could. I photographed them, scanned them, stamped them with ink, photocopied them, drew with them, dripped hotglue on them to create molds, photogrammed the hotglue pieces, let them roll down inclines covered in ink, and videotaped them in motion (see this post for a little of that), and then I digitally manipulated and combined those results to create new works.
The slideshow presents a few images from different stages of experimentation (although it’s a tiny fraction of the total body of results). A pdf of the book I compiled at the project’s end is below the slideshow. As stated in the project brief, the major goal of this project was to cultivate a healthy process — to start to form answers to the questions “How do I begin?” and “How do I continue?”.
The starting point: my collection of assorted metal bits.Ink and paper mark-making experiments.How a screw tears paper when dragged with pressure.Ink records of the way a screw rolls down an incline.Impressions left in hotglue.Photograms of hotglue impressions.PhotocopiesPhotocopies with motion; cabinet closure pulled on the left and copper tube rolled on the right.Distorted photocopy created by putting the more cylindrical bits on my fingertips and moving them across the surface.Iterative photocopying.Digitally manipulated photocopy.Pattern via digitally manipulated photocopy.Showing the geometric nature of the screw via digitally manipulated photocopy.Dada inspired composition from digitally manipulated photocopy.Turkey from digitally manipulated photocopy because why not?Digital scan with movement.Digital scan with movement.Digital scan with movement. I think some of these are pretty good at conveying the “metalness” of the objects.PhotographLong exposure photo showing the natural movement of the objects.Long exposure photo showing the natural movement of the objects.PhotographPhotographsDigital tracing and manipulation of the paper and ink record of a screw rolling down an incline.That digital tracing and manipulation used as a cropping or editing device on a photo of another one of the objects.A vectorized tracing of the previous experiment.Propagation of the previous vectorization.And a propagation on top of that.A similar set of experiments using a different ink mark and different raster image (a scan instead of a photograph).Individual section from the previous experiment, blown up and vectorized.Another individual section, even more abstract.An abstract shape created from part of the previous ink mark, multiplied radially, then used to crop a vectorized photograph.Layered and vectorized pattern made from a photocopy.Blown up and abstracted pattern pieces.Radially replicated pattern from earlier experiment.The center of the previous image.The final book.