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Plotter Drawings and Sculpture, 1966 - 1970
Fragmentation Animations 1968-1970 ➔ Flying Around the Drawing


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
I thought of the drawing as a three-dimensional piece of sculpture. I envisioned the drawings like layers in three-dimensional. My fantasy was to be able to fly around and through my own drawing. Or, the spectator could take a flying trip. I was concerned about a hidden line routine, as I learned more about three-dimensional computer graphics.

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Charles A. Csuri