During my final MFA year at CalArts, my design practice has incorporated methodologies outside of design (post-conceptual art, poetry, and music), to create systems of constraints and rules that become formal and/or theoretical “machines” for creating unexpected and innovative design outcomes.
The idea behind This is a Test, was to put theory and art methodologies aside and create an actual “machine for making” from materials available in my studio. Using an old vinyl cutter and some “repurposed” software, I created M.a.C. (Machine and Collaborator).
Inspired by tests given to digital printers to check alignment, readability, color, and ink levels, I developed a series of my own tests to assess MaC’s drawing capabilities and limitations. This selection of 12 drawings are the results of each test given to MaC.
While making the work for This is a Test, I began to develop weird collaborative relationship with MaC. Often, MaC would translate my digital input into his own nuanced output. I began to see pen drags, misalignments, paper mishaps, and line mistakes as MaC’s own subtle contribution to the work (with varying degrees of poetic potential).
Gold Sharpie on Black Canson Paper.
24 x 36 inches