it's a log. & the log doesn't judge. - the log has something to tell you.
one day there were a lot of computer drawings on my harddrive. some years of drawing with pixelish pixels & pixels that still had corners, experimenting with software and converting formats in front of a screen. @day @night - all day.
the artist quite the studio and went home office.
I decided to get them out of the computer mainly because I was interested in the translation of computer paintings & drawings and their specific nature into a physical object in the "real world" and what that does to the process of painting or the nature of a painting more general. I decided to use mainly mass production processes to produce a number of unique copies. And to my surprise there are many paralles in digital drawing and computer based stitching,embroidery, weaving & knitting.
here I document a bit the process and thoughts around that experiment.
2 neue arbeiten in auftrag gegeben, und ein paar e-mails anonymisiert plus, der stickerei mit welcher die folgende konversation stattfand, eine email geschrieben und erste resultate präsentiert. bin sehr gespannt wie sie reagieren.
kontakt aufgenommen mit einem gallery project was ich sehr spannend finde, auch mit dem gedanken an mail- art ähnliche konzepte für moderne kommunikation und wie dezentrale ausstellungs ansätze in den galerie kontext übersetzen ohne eine tech-demo zu werden oder den galeristen traurig zu machen. naja. es wird sicher dazu bald mehr geben.
hier die e-mail konversation, eventuell sollte ich nochmal einen VHS kurs zum thema rechtschreibung und satzbau besuchen.
today it all came a bit different. there is aspects to the momentary COvId-19 situations that are supporting the way I work - and people got back at me to explain that there are no orders any more. And that they have more time now, they really like the work and can help with reproducing the digital paintings and even for cheaper money cause there are no orders.
in the picture to the right, you see a re-edit of one of the .dst files that are already produced. this time it is stitched on a silkscreen print of a fish. Today I also red that since no one is going to venice. the water became clear again & the fish started to come back to the city. [the stitching was already made yesterday and took 95 minutes]
on the other hand the people who work with the stitching machines got a lot more rules & laws and have to close for a while. Strange to make that dessicions.
I decided to take an one day break. did a video tutorial for cashmere & helped for radio corax.
the mashine had to work for two hours and made 53692 stitches
first comment via imgur:
even if the process of computer drawing and computer based stitching is very simillar there are some steps in between, just like the yarn is limited to a certain amount of colors - so is the colorindex of the drawings as well. It took a lot of calls and calling again and writing emails to understand and learn more about the technices I decided to use.
Most of the drawing / colorcodes were made with an ascii drawing tool one can find online here. the idea behind it was more or less to post drawings in /sally the home of ascii art on the jollo irc network. those drawings always have 16 colors and a back- as well as a foreground. and one can post them realtime in the irc chat.
The other part of drawings was made on a nintendo 3ds, with an application called pixelmaker, and as one can create her or his own palette - they are sort of indexed too.
I later learned that the drawings need to be translatet in an instruction sheet for the machines. The most common format so far seems to be the .dst format. there is little open source software for that kind of stuff. so again calling and writing emails - finding people that are able to translate the drawings and also willing to do it. As every drawing will pretty much be a unique copy people are not very motivated to work on it.
But after many calls and emails - I found a few people all over germany that like the work and also feel challanged to help me produce it.
I became friends now with them. we often call each other talk about life and work, private & professional. there is even a computer stitching shop around the corner from where I live. I go there now nearly every day, I learned about a new format. .ref which makes it easy to scale images once they in that format. I got to see some of the software as well and also learned more about the software and how to find people that know how to make use of it. there is still 3 drawings left that need to be translated - they are very complex and it will take time, also because there is always other works to prepare for stitching and they are easier and in huge amounts. nerver the less the process is slowly taking shape. and with regards to the outside world - it might be even a good thing that everything is very slow and that it will still take a while until there is an exhibition together.
some docu pieces:
wir alle brauchen sie. ich bestelle alles 3 mal
hab dich nicht so
hab dich nicht so
komm schon ; )