Louise Despont is a New York artist working with pencil and architectural stencils on paperwork.Despont’s work reminds me of geological & topological maps, architectural and botanical illustrations. The multi-pieced nature of the larger works, drawn with simple materials on old sheets of paper, lends a sense of authenticity and story that resonates those connections for me. When I first saw her work I imagined a work of restoration, a fragmented old journal painstakingly recombined to reveal a map or illustration of something familiar but unknown.
Drawingmachine is a construction involving two pendulums, each suspended from a tower construction and connected through “drawing arms” and moveable joints. A ballpoint pen resting on a drawing surface covered with paper is mounted at the point where the pendulums come together. The pendulums are set in motion by hand, and their movements are represented on the paper. The Drawing Machine serves to purposes: On exhibitions where the movements of the pendulums affect the entire room, and the experience engages the beholder’s body. While the rhythmic repetitions cause the beholder to pause, the drawing emerges on the paper. And as a tool where investigations on the relation between time and movement.