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“It felt right for the drawings to be camp—to quote from Kiss or Kustom Kar Commandoes— as a counterpoint to the dire predictive topologies in scientific literature online. So I began to use loud colors and “bad” paint and make the forms alternate between subtle topographic shifts in graphite and streaks of paint movement.” artist interview with Melissa Potter, BOMBBlog

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, graphite on paper

26.25 x 20 inches