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HOME > DRAWINGS DRAWING FROM: TESSERAE OF VENUS PROJECT
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“It was part of the ironic charm or sense of black humor that I feel in the face of climate change to start riffing off these old school photos as if they could hold some clue like a secret trap door. I was doing a kind of reverse of the tensegrity forms of Bucky Fuller, thinking of how the tesserated (tiling) surface of Venus is a model of dissipation or slow flow, the opposite of a Bucky fantasy structure.” artist interview with Melissa Potter

The Venus Drawings are created by drawing from online images of the Magellan Mission to Venus from the early nineties. A celebration of old new media-- primitive (by now) images of the sister planet surfaces are imprecise enough to launch a playful semi-erotica drawing extravaganza, with even a nod to Kenneth Anger’s Kustom Kar Kommandoes and the rock group Kiss (honoring the seventies and eighties along with the nineties). The airbrush paint is a deliberate kitschy kiss on the smooth skin of refined art papers. Some of the drawings are more serious than others, but all aspire to look like landing gear.

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DATE: 2009

India ink, airbrush paint, pigment ink on paper

30 x 22.5 inches