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Plotter Drawings and Sculpture, 1966 - 1970
Fragmentation Animations 1968-1970 ➔ Sine Waves Scramble


Charles A. Csuri
papers, color pencils
20.6 x 27.9 cm (8 1/2 x 11 in.)

Historical Significance
1965-66. These sketchbook drawings were made when Csuri first started using the computer. They demonstrate ideas and issues that he was struggling with in the context of a drum plotter, a slow computer and punch cards. Csuri asked himself, “What can I do with this process or approach that would be different from my traditional work?” According to Csuri, it was a time of great speculation. These drawings illustrate that he was thinking in terms of three-dimensional space, with some notion of stereo pairs and flying through a drawing. In the sketchbook, he comments about a three-dimensional path for an object, sine waves, and various transformations.
Artist's Comments
Quickly I found that I wanted to find ways to deal with color, even though I was limited to a single plotting pen at a time. The sketch of the bearded man on the left was to be broken into fragments, using what we called “a broken line” routine. We used what we called a broken line routine. The lines would be displaced by means of a random walk process, then brought back together again. Animation was on my mind when I considered this idea.

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