Tristan Perich’s Machine Drawings
These drawings by artist and musician Tristan Perich are made by a machine-powered pen. Perich, who considers the sometimes opposing principles of randomness and order his “raw materials,” looks to create images born both of control and uncertainty. He describes his work:
“The machine creates pen drawings that have a mechanical precision. It can run indefinitely, usually creating works that would take multiple days of non-stop drawing…At the same time, the system itself is delicate. The final drawings have a nervousness of a pen that a computer simulation alone cannot emulate. It is this balance between the code and the pen that excites me most, for the drawings couldn’t be made without the code, and the code couldn’t create the drawings on its own.”
Perich’s drawings in this way offer an artistic consideration of the limits of both technological, mechanical outputs and purely manual, human processes; what sort of potential exists between these two types of creation?
See more of Perich’s work at his website here.
- Erin Saunders