05/07/2011 by Sarah Ritchie
Here’s an interesting example of when the “wow” factor lies in the printing or output technique of the work, rather than the artistic merit (or high conceptualisation) of the image itself.
Sandy Noble has created a “Polargraph” plotter machine, which is – essentially – a marker pen, attached to a string, moved by small motors (sounds simple…but it really isn’t). The IP (“intellectual property”…an artist’s “moneymaker”) of Sandy’s work is in the machine itself…and I bet he’s is not giving those specs away in a hurry! The technique is not exactly new, however Sandy has put his own spin on the concept and his resulting exhibition proves that art lovers are embracing the work.
Here are some images of Sandy’s work, and here is a timecapture video of the polargraph in action (it takes hours to complete one picture). I just have to ask…what happens when the permanent marker runs out?! If I leave the cap off my Sharpie it is dry in minutes! Must all be part of that secret IP…