Machine Drawing (2009), 2009
Ink on paper (Pigma Micron, hot press Stonehenge)
25.5 x 33.5 in / 64.8 x 85.1 cm, framed
Tristan Perich’s live machine drawings and works on paper explore texture, noise and order. They are created with a pen suspended from two motors, whose motion is controlled by code running on a circuit. The choreography of each drawing is programmed in advance, then executed in physical space by the machine. The path of the pen, a continuous line comprised of thousands to millions of miniature movements, gradually builds the image. Simple geometric structures emerge from densely packed lines and random marks, as the linear repetition is woven back into itself, recursively.