Linda Sgoluppi Artwork Details
Tractus is a series that combines painting and drawing in the individual works.
Painting was by direct touch from hand to brush/roller to the canvas. Drawing was done remotely with no direct touch. Additionally in Tractus # 1 to 20 the two modes of construction were separated into layers. This Layer separation was subverted by a series of interventions I made that allowed the two modes to become contingent on the canvas.
The drawing element in Tractus continues my use of remote drawing. In this case the drawing was done with a remote control toy Ferrari. The toy Ferrari was directed across a group of canvases that were contained within a frame.
The Ferrari became a drawing device by having a construction attached to it that holds four permanent marker ink pens. When the remote control car is activated all four pens leave the marks of their journey.
I made Interventions in the separate layers of paint and drawing by masking some areas. The masked areas resulted in interruptions of the drawn lines. Some sections of lines are missing. So while there is continuation in trajectory, the drawn line of the trajectory is broken.
Another form of interruption to the drawn layers was with partial painting over sections of continuous lines.
Remotely the Ferrari was put through a series of impacts, deliberately being crashed into the boundary frame set up to contain it. Impact from the crashes forced car and pens to jump. The result of these impacts was the creation of staccato marks along the edges situated near the boundary. As well as the staccato marks; speed, impact, and change of direction, were all mapped by the pen marks.
In Tractus there are areas of painted grids as well as the mesh of remotely drawn lines that create the grid-like layers. The final layer of dense remotely drawn lines, are uninterrupted by paint.
The remotely drawn lines cross through every one of the twenty canvases that are in the set, but even here the lines are disrupted. Canvases were moved around at intervals so that disruption in line continuity was in itself disrupted.