JDPM15 - Prototype
Dodd’s recent investigations have resulted in unusual bicycles, wacky adventures and various strange machines. This project takes a step towards industrial tools such as mills, lathes and CNC cutters and proposes a variation that is developed specifically for the production of paintings. The artist considers painting machines as a genre, generally, and this work as his particularly nuanced contribution.
This particular machine might be more at home in a suburban shed than a gallery. It is somewhat of a backyard cross between an arcade Skill Tester, an Etcha A Sketch and a Spirograph, only built with materials from the local hardware store and made for adults to play with. It is presented as an object that is particularly handmade, cobbled together something like a Frankenstein’s hand drill on steroids. The aesthetics and concepts at play here are those of D.I.Y. and the extended culture of user-generated references such as Instructables wherein modification and hacking are each embraced as critical elements of both process and outcome.
Battery powered drills have been disassembled and repurposed. A strange array of attachments appear from conjoined spatulas, mutant multi-headed brushes and particularly ‘scrapey’ looking arms. Whilst this is a device that can ‘do’ things it is potentially more interesting than the outcomes it achieves.