This kinetic painting system (left in the photo below) was designed to utilize random objects in participant’s pockets as brushes for the painting. Using a rotisserie motor and spool, with long strands of monofilament unwound from the spool and strung down to the canvas through eye hooks. These fanned out into the audience and stretched out into the crowd of viewer/participants at the gallery on opening night.

Kinetic painting machine. Eggs filled with acrylic paint were placed in a shoot and the sculpture was switched on. As the rotisserie motor turned a wooden gait released eggs one by one as they shot from the black tube.
Eggs filled with acrylic paint were placed in a shoot and the sculpture was switched on. As the rotisserie motor turned a wooden gait released eggs one by one as they shot from the black tube.

First I asked people to reach into either pocket and get one object and tie the object to the monofilament. A comb, key, prophylactic pulled from its wrapper, movie ticket stub, and other assorted objects were tied to the monofilaments.

Eggs filled with acrylic paint were placed in a shoot and the sculpture was switched on. As the rotisserie motor turned a wooden gait released eggs one by one as they shot from the black tube.

Some of the eggs were hit, by a red rod spinning on a fan motor that was mounted on a metal tripod. At times the eggs were struck and drips were flung into the crowd and other eggs shot through the spinning rod and instead broke onto the canvas with multi colors of paint dribbling down the inclined canvas.

Once all the eggs were broken the rotisserie motor continued to turn and wound the monofilament forward pulling the assorted pocket-brushes back over the canvas.

In the last stage of this work, the longest monofilament pulled a reservoir of sand from a channel at the edge of the canvas and flung it onto the canvas fixing the paint in place.

EXHIBITIONS

ATA Gallery San Francisco California
where it premiered Kinetic Painting Machine