working artists


Fernando Orellana

artist statement | technical statement | process


Drawing Machine 3.14159 v.2 explores the possibility of creating machinery or systems that create art objects on their own. In this case, the machine has been designed to listen to its environment, using a microphone installed in the gallery. What it hears is then interpreted by the machines software and used as the primary driver or inspiration, to make complex, non-representational drawings. Since the noise the machine hears is relative to the given event or venue, the drawings generated can be said to be the machine's interpretation or portrait of that experience. Using several Papermate ball point pens (blue ink), the machine will generate one drawing measuring 4' x 4' over a period of 144 hours, the length of the SIGGRAPH 2002 conference.

For the last several years, I've been building machine/sculptures using the assistance of 3D visualization tools to aid in my design. Especially in the early stages of the design development, I find it very helpful to be able to pre-visualize what the materials, the size, mechanics, movement and the general form might look like in virtual space. In recent designs I have been using 3D simulations techniques such as gravity, friction and inertia to synthesize what the "real world" behavior of the machines might be like.