Stones and Drones

From studying sea lions to delivering pizzas, drones are penetrating all aspects of life including the printshop. Chicago-based artist Paul Catanese is co-author of the book Post-Digital Printmaking and, clearly, no stranger to technology. Catanese has been exploring some of the generative possibilities of these airborne machinations at Anchor Graphics. The experiment called, Stones and Drones, is part of his larger ongoing visible from space project. He was kind enough to share a bunch of photographs…

Flight test at the Papermakers Garden at Columbia College Chicago; small sumi brush with xerox toner suspended in denatured alcohol on mylar.

Flight test at the Papermakers Garden at Columbia College Chicago; small sumi brush with xerox toner suspended in denatured alcohol on mylar.

Flight test at the Papermakers Garden at Columbia College Chicago; small sumi brush with xerox toner suspended in denatured alcohol on mylar.

Flight test at the Papermakers Garden at Columbia College Chicago; small sumi brush with xerox toner suspended in denatured alcohol on mylar.

David Jones & Paul Catanese preparing drone for flight test at Papermakers Garden at Columbia College Chicago.

David Jones & Paul Catanese preparing drone for flight test at Papermakers Garden at Columbia College Chicago.

Flight test at Anchor Graphics at Columbia College Chicago

Flight test at Anchor Graphics at Columbia College Chicago

Flight test at Anchor Graphics; massive hake brush with xerox toner suspended in denatured alcohol on mylar

Flight test at Anchor Graphics; massive hake brush with xerox toner suspended in denatured alcohol on mylar

Mid-air "refueling" of xerox toner / denatured alcohol solution by David Jones at Anchor Graphics

Mid-air “refueling” of xerox toner / denatured alcohol solution by David Jones at Anchor Graphics

Flight test with tousche on litho stone via hake brush at Anchor Graphics

Flight test with tousche on litho stone via hake brush at Anchor Graphics

Flight test with tousche on litho stone via hake brush at Anchor Graphics

Flight test with tousche on litho stone via hake brush at Anchor Graphics

Flight test with sugar lift solution on copper etching plate via sumi brush at Anchor Graphics.

Flight test with sugar lift solution on copper etching plate via sumi brush at Anchor Graphics.

Preparing for take-off for third pass on mylar sheet with xerox toner.

Preparing for take-off for third pass on mylar sheet with xerox toner.

Flight test with gum arabic on litho stone via hake brush at Anchor Graphics.

Flight test with gum arabic on litho stone via hake brush at Anchor Graphics.

Flight test with gum arabic on litho stone via hake brush at Anchor Graphics.

Flight test with gum arabic on litho stone via hake brush at Anchor Graphics.

Flight test with sugar lift solution on copper etching plate via sumi brush at Anchor Graphics.

Flight test with sugar lift solution on copper etching plate via sumi brush at Anchor Graphics.

Copper etching plate with sugar lift solution post flight tests.

Copper etching plate with sugar lift solution post flight tests.

Many test flights resulted in crashes due to the imbalance / pendulum-action of the brushes.  Heavier brushes on long chain particularly interrupted the drones ability to remain level (and airborne).

Many test flights resulted in crashes due to the imbalance / pendulum-action of the brushes. Heavier brushes on long chain particularly interrupted the drones ability to remain level (and airborne).

David Jones pulling first test prints at Anchor Graphics.

David Jones pulling first test prints at Anchor Graphics.

Test prints from xerox toner on mylar printed from two aluminum plates.

Test prints from xerox toner on mylar printed from two aluminum plates.

Test print from Litho stone / gum arabic printed in reverse.

Test print from Litho stone / gum arabic printed in reverse.

Test print from xerox toner on mylar – printed from aluminum plate.

Test print from xerox toner on mylar – printed from aluminum plate.

Test print from copperplate etching.

Test print from copperplate etching.

 

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One Response to “Stones and Drones”

  1. Nancy Staszak says:

    Love it! Drones for Art instead of drones for war and assassinations.