Machine Based Artistic Production (MBAP)
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My practice involves surrendering control to a variety of generative processes as a way to create an image. By exposing gelatin silver paper to obscure chemical processes, or using simple machines to create photomechanical drawings on large sheets of gelatin silver paper, the work is actively directed by the process. Visually, this work begins to relate to painting as much as photography, taking on elements typically associated with high modernist painting. Instead of paints and brushes, however, I employ a variety of chemical, mechanical, and process based tools to create the work. While I produce the work, the process creates the aesthetics and form, as with the series Machine Based Artistic Production (MBAP). The pieces that make up this series are unique images produced by the dance of several self-propelled machines mounted with lights, drawing their paths across the page. This process creates an illegible record as it traces an event that I set in motion; capturing a moment photographically without the mediation of the camera. Through my practice I investigate the relationship between the exercise of control and the element of chance in a process that actively and self-consciously embraces both.