Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Closeup of a positively charged penny. This is an effort to create cheap, handheld art that was easy to distribute with no feeling of loss. I am attempting to establish a positive current flow to the outside world, and create a net positive potential. Contact me if you want one and I will send them to you. email@example.com The '+' symbol of positivity is laid on top of the image of father figure Abraham Lincoln. Attempting to reframe the value of the penny, which seems in certain circles to have become an expendable, valueless form of currency. ('take a penny, leave a penny' cups) This is a cheap on-hand material ready for revaluation. Does the simple act of marking by the artist alter the value of the raw material.
Tracings of the positive ions--similar to other particle imaging methods. The positions and charges of indidual particles are recorded with graphite rubbings on paper.
From left to right we have:
(1) Postive charges in a fully saturate drawing field.
(2) The transformation of the uncharged particle into the first positive ion form.
(3) Motion of a single particle through space.
(4) A local cloud of positive charge.
Next from the electricity lab is the creation of a symbolic voltmeter.