I do drawings from code that I write myself for each piece. Drawing is generally understood in the art world as the result of linear gestures. I translate my gesture intents into code, and once this code is executed it creates the required linear geometries and drives a device, plotter or similar, to trace these lines with a tool using traditional art media:
With the exception of two series (1998) I do not use digital printers for my art work.
I am interested in doing art with computer because it allows me to make the act of drawing a purely mental discipline. It also lets me do drawings which could not be practically done otherwise, for reasons of complexity, precision, and time. Technology has been good enough for me for the last twenty years. Although UNIX and development tools are all I need, I can of course always use a faster system.
My contribution to the field may be to have continued the tradition of drawing in its very medium, at the same time pushing it to new frontiers of minimal physical and maximal mental involvement. I have made my own code a direct translation of my concepts and the source of my art. I have thus developed independently a full body of original works, having taken full control of devices and software at hand while keeping my artistic vision alert, and intact.
I think visually much better without the computer. My work is much higher definition than any monitor I know, and I can really recognize my work in its final stage only. Necessarily I need to anticipate mentally the results from my code and all other production decisions before committing to paper (or other media). I can see the actual work on paper only much later. This has been a very fruitful discipline that has sharpened my skills all along.
I have been disappointed to see computer programming become more and more complex, depriving most artists (and people) of their freedom to build their own tools, and pushing them instead into the limitations of commercial software.
My dream environment would let artists create the systems they need, rather than the system industry needs. I would like to see:
The early Hewlett Packard small Rocky Mountain Basic machines (HP9830) and plotters (HP7221c) was the determining combination of tool that put me on track in the seventies.
I do not use any of these software tools for my creative work. They are part of the unwanted complexity mentioned above, although they are useful for documentation, communication, etc.
These milestones all opened the doors to friendlier computer access by users in some way or another.
Early on Manfred Mohr inspired me, as well as Benoit Mandelbrot’s Fractal Geometry of Nature. Helaman Ferguson, who sculpts Carrara marble and granit with computer help is my favorite pioneer.