Robotic generated brush strokes and intuitive manually assigned brushstrokes. Acrylic on paper.
95 x 80 cm | 37,4 x 31,5 inch
2.424,00 € (+ VAT, Insurance & Shipping)
When I first witnessed the e-David at work during January-February 2016, I was fascinated by the paths the robot chose to distribute strokes on the sheet, once it began to structure a painting. They seemed to me, as a trained painter, to be illogical and strange, even arbitrary. At the same time, they stimulated a curiosity to understand the logic behind it, and made me conscious of the fact that the particularity of robotic painting is that it permits us to completely rethink in new terms the practice of painting — to paint in a way that no painter would ever consider doing, to engage with decisions about forming and deconstructing an image, and to instigate and explore new approaches to the structuring of the task order in the working process.
On the e-David’s working table, there is normally an extra sheet of paper to the right of the painted image. After the robot has dipped the paintbrush in the paint container, it first directs the brush to this sheet in order to wipe off excess paint. Approximately two to three paint strokes are made on this surface (the number can be programmed) before the robot continues working on the actual painting (Image 3, left). Right from the start I could perceive a complex pattern on the “abstract” sheet without really recognizing anything.
The characteristics of the residual paint sheet’s visual construction inspired me to investigate chaos and order (entropy in visual creation), as well as to focus my work on control and loss of control in robotic and traditional painting.
While working with the e-David, I responded to and worked creatively with both of the sheets equally — the actual “image” as well as the sheet with the residual paint. In order to reinforce and underline the random factor in visual chaos, I splattered paint drops from a brush and added gestural brushstrokes to the painting that was created as a result of the programmed random algorithms
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