Speculative : machine drawings 1993-6

From around 1992 through 2001 I was interested in machines, factories, and urban infrastructure. Rather than try to really understand how anything works, I riffed on what I collected information from sites in Tegucigapla and Chicago, documents from my temp job at a company that makes processing machinery, and old books. I invented machines, or maybe I just wanted to be one.


The re-emergence of these drawings, some of which were included in a show at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco (February-July 2018), prompted me to reconsider how I share my work as an artist. I include here a small selection of a much larger body of work.



Above : One Quarter Century. 100" x 33" Ink and gouache on paper. 1994


Below : Three views of Exploded Drawing, three layers of not-quite-transparent plastic vellum, ink and gouache on one or both sides of each layer. 120" x 40" 1995



Cognoscenti. A DymAxion comic, with writing by Susan Choi. Ink on vellum. 1994


Details of DymAxion No. 4. Ink on vellum. 1994?


A series of 17 machines. Ink on paper. Also printed as color copies and wheat pasted in my Chicago neighborhood. 1993-4

Above, Emplaiding Device. Below, three other drawings from the series.

A machine? I thought so when I made it. Or a game. Digital print, 1998.