Untitled (56 brush strokes), 1990
Rosemarie Trockels work "Painting Machine" has an open iron framework with 56 brushes and includes 7 drawings which were produced by the machine. The brushes are off-the shelf items and were made to order. Each brush is a lock of artist's hair. Hence the difference among the various brush heads – soft, curly, blonde, bristly, thick, thinn – and hence the differences among the marks they make. Eight strokes per panel, therefore – eight tracks of India ink that skitter across Japan paper that was then laid down on a canvas support.
"If this is a painting machine, then, it has given us "painting" in a large or liberal – or perhaps just modernist – reading of the term. For it seems that much that matters in the work hangs directly on the nature of the brush stroke and what we might conclude from the look of the many drawn (yet hardly calligraphic) lines."
(Anne M. Wagner, Trockel Objects, or the Painting Machine, in: Rosemarie Trockel, ifa-english text book, p. 5)
The names of the artists, who gave their hair for this work, you can see, when you klick directly on the image.