Media: Plotter Art
Print dimensions: 18×18 inch print area, 22×22 inch paper outer dims
Description: CRUNCH is algorithm-based artwork that was composed in the R Statistics language for an Axidraw pen plotter. The algorithm involved a pair of distance-modulation functions that intersect from two origin points to determine the circle sizes, which produced interesting ramp-like waves and interference patterns with white lines on a dark background. This is similar in principle to a signed distance function.
This was my first pen plotter artwork, which involved some trial and error, and a little more entropy than is typical for the giclee-based fine art prints. Briefly, the process involved drawing each of the thousands of circles and semi-circles in the composition, then re-tracing the majority of them. Retracing allowed the white ink to absorb into the black paper to varying degrees. By manipulating the number of times a circle was redrawn in relation to line width and circle size, this technique produced an interesting contrast scale for the rich, movement-filled texture. Because of the repeated drawing and number of elements in the composition, each print took approximately 6-8 hours to complete.
The materials used included black paper purchased locally, Arnhem 1618, which is a high-quality, 100% rag, acid-free printmaking paper. The circles in the composition were drawn with three different pens, with the largest circles drawn in the widest lines (white Sakura Gelly Roll #10), medium circles drawn with a medium line width (Sakura Gelly Roll #08), and smallest circles drawn in the thinnest lines (Sakura Gelly Roll #05). The thickest lines and medium lines were drawn twice, and the thinnest lines were drawn once.
These limited edition plotter prints are numbered 1-5 and hand signed in the margin, and ship directly from the artist’s studio in Charleston, SC. More information about shipping and returns can be found here.