Profits of Fear.

Profits of Fear.

A series with a title I stole from a book I never fully read and is mostly unrelated to the content of the series. I was interested in exploring the capabilities of a pen plotter, and a money motif was the perfect opportunity.

Almost immediately after seeing the book title, I know I had to find a way to put it to use. It was just so clever and fit within the scope of my interests. Around the same time I acquired a vinyl cutter and wondered what else I could make it do. Instead of a knife I inserted a pen to make a drawing machine. The images are based off some of the people who had been in the news at the time in relation to the financial crisis, bailout, congressional hearings, and the Occupy Movement. The timing was right and away I went.

The incised line I was able to get from the plotter was perfect and began to mimic that of an engraving. Something much more tactile and interesting than a screen print or digital. Not to mention what also became a mediated experience. I wrote an algorithmic script for illustrator to generate cross hatch fill lines for the images, almost turning the this into a collaborative effort between the computer and myself. Each outputted image became a unique piece, one that was most likely one of a kind; my drawing machine had become a dynamic matrix.

Below are example of the original digital files. The drawings will be uploaded shortly.