Spencer Brown-Pearn received his BA in 2011 and is currently pursuing his MFA from the University of Texas at Dallas.
The individual mark or brush stroke is capable of communicating an array of subtle, personal and emotional characteristics. Even when devoid of distinctive semantic value, these personal, expressive marks can connect with a viewer, communicating fleeting subconscious thoughts and intangible emotion. Throughout the past 60 years artists including Cy Twombly, Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, James Nares, Brion Gysin, and many more have explored this through their work.
However, as society rapidly trends towards technology, focusing on type, print and digital means of communicating and creating images, the practice of mark making by hand is slowly being antiquated and perhaps forgotten. By applying technology, through scanning, printing and reprinting, to raw, gestural and expressive means of mark making, I intend to explore this intersection of art and technology, the hand and the mechanical, physical and digital.
What are the implications of this paradigm shift? Is the expressive nature of the hand lost in digitization? Is a new and unique digital expression gained?