Drawing Machine #2. Larchwood, Metal, Vinyl, paper, pen. 250 x 450 x 450 cm, 2011. Photo: Jeppe Gudmundsen
The Drawing Machine is a large physical construction involving two pendulums, each suspended from their individual tower and connected through ”drawing arms” and moveable joints. A ballpoint pen, resting on a drawing surface covered with paper, is mounted at the point where the arms come together. By hand the pendulums are set in motion, and their movements are traced on the paper. The technique has made it possible to research fundamental elements such as time, force, scale and depth in various drawingseries.
56 hour black spiral. Ballpen on paper aprox 900 x 150 cm. 2014
The materialisation of time is unfolded as the depth and layers in the continuous drawing are explored. Present at Design Basel the Drawing Machine will for seven days continuously imprint a single piece of paper, as it is slowly being moved by hand underneath the pen. In opposition to the Drawing Machines endless possibillities for variations in colours and formats, in this version an introvert and narrow focus are sought. It can be seen in the effect that it has on the viewer, that it is less calling out for attention, as it opens up for a state of mind; a place where entrancement and absorbation meets contemplation.
The Drawing Machine is a hybrid between the mathematical predictable machine and the artist as a conductor. As the conductor gives the initial instructions the machine is set in motion. No decisions are made during the proces. With the pulsing repetition of spheres drawn in layers upon layers, the drawing slowly developes in front of the viewers eyes. It contain endless details, which makes you take a close approach in order to decipher the lines from one another. At the same time when taking a step back, the shapes and scale of the drawing can be seen as to bear a resemblance to universal structures and forms. An immediate reference can be made to the span of existentialism in connection with time, where seconds and minutes meets a lifetime and psysically appears in front of your eyes.
From the exhibition: D´days, Carreau Du Temple, Paris. Ballpen on paper, aprox 150 x 1200 cm. 2014. Supported by Danish Arts Foundation. Photo: Marc Domage.
Untitled (line). Pen on paper, 100 x 140 cm. 2013
Untitled (circling). Pen on paper, 100 x140 cm. 2013
Untitled (change direction). Pen on paper, 100 x 140 cm. 2013
From the exhibition: MINDCRAFT 11, Milan, 2011. Photo: Julie Heering
Long Drawing 01. Pen on Chalices, aprox. 160 x 700 cm.