"Tree Drawing - Acer Olivaceum #1", 2011
ink on paper, HD video
drawing: 37 x 54" / 94 x 137.2 cm
video: 37 x 64" / 94 x 162.6 cm, 9 min 47 sec loop

In this series of automatic drawings, formal elements are open to mechanisms or phenomena beyond the artist's control -- seeking to reveal the hidden, or otherwise unnoticed motion of objects. Working in the Boston area last fall, Knowles attached pens to the branches of Redwood, Pine, Wingnut, Larch, Acer, Sassafras and Spruce trees. As the tip of each branch blew across paper, a moment was captured by the mark-making process. Like a signature, each system revealed the characteristics of an otherwise unnoticed physical experience.

Please note this is only a video excerpt, the completed drawing can be viewed here: bit.ly/wgBol3

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