"Black Hawk Powder" is a mechanically assisted series of action paintings that Wagenknecht started in 2007. She creates them with small-scale drone aircraft, and in the process, utilizes flight commands such as ‘barrel roll’, ‘take off’ and ‘land,' which are typical of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). The movement of the drone is determined by custom software written by the artist, or the drone is used as a brush-like apparatus.
Started in 2007/2008 and continuing as an onging experimental painting technique, Black Hawk Paint utlizies drone as a means for creative application. The drones paint completely unique abstract art onto a canvas laid horizontally on the gallery floor over the period of the work. Each painting takes anywhere from an hour to eight to create.
Part performance piece, part political statement, it hopes to create feelings of conflict within the viewer; a romance of drone technology and creative expression.