In the dark ages of science and technology, the fusion of man and machine was seen as a triumph. Now, these cyborganic aberrations haunt the earth, reproducing and rebuilding themselves into increasingly chaotic forms. Their machinations of human genocide grow closer to fruition with each passing day.
I mentioned in my post for Everyday 025 – Witchhammer that I felt like I was moving back toward the style of art that is most personally exciting to me, and Machinations carries that to the next logical level. In art school, I did a series of drawings I called Amalgamations, which featured a high number of figures and objects interlocking like puzzle pieces with no negative space. For reference, here’s a detail of one of those drawings from 2011.
They were an evolution of the notebook sketches I did throughout middle and high school, created on a larger scale and given more detail. Machinations is a something of a return to those Amalgamations but with a few important distinctions. The biggest difference is that the space in this new drawing is three-dimensional. Whereas in past drawings the forms always occupied a two-dimensional plane, Machinations expands the drawing space and allows the form to have greater depth and visual freedom, something that will be interesting to explore in larger drawings.
Also notably different is the inclusion of industrial machinery into the imagery. Considering that industrial music been part of my drawing soundtracks for over a decade and HR Giger has been an influence on my drawings since I was a kid, it seems like a natural and long overdue shift to begin merging the fleshy forms of my past work with some cold machinery.
My everyday drawings are available for sale in my Big Cartel shop each morning at 11 am EST. For the first 100 days, each new drawing increases in price by $1.00, starting at $1.00 on day one. Everyday 027 – Machinations is listed at $27.00.