‘A Sequence of Operations’ is a series of fifty unique silk screen prints. The project’s title refers to my approach to silk screen printing: Applying the principles of the digital algorithm onto the screen printing’s analogue working method. Finding a technique to create a series in which every print is unique, while using only one silk screen, became an essential starting point of this project. The character of the images is defined by three variable elements: the colour of the ink (cyan, magenta and yellow), the position of the paper in relation to the silk screen (turned 90 degrees repeatedly during the screen print process), and by continuously changing the pattern of the screen by the random removal of grid point stickers. I approached the silk screen printing process as a kind of computer program: A formula with variables, an input and an output. Each step leads to a new composition, resulting in 50 unique artworks.
This work is commissioned by New Window, created at Grafisch Atelier Daglicht and funded by Creative Industries Fund NL
The process of creating 'A Sequence of Operations' is documented and visible at New Window
The series of polygon prints are generated with algorithms and are printed with a pen plotter. A pen plotter is the first computer-driven printer which draws lines with pen, in this case a black marker. The prints have the perfection of a digital print and the sensibility of a hand made drawing. The series of polygon prints are inspired by the fact that a pen plotter can not draw a circle, instead it draws a polygon with a big number of sides. Starting with a triangle, more and more sides are added till the it is perceived as a circle.
This work is made possible with the fund for Talent development by the Stimuleringsfonds