Drones make art not war

If you thought DNA Art was quite something, then you would probably be blown away when you find out what a Drone aircraft and a can of spray paint can create on canvas. Multi-media artist KATSU has created a series of abstract paintings made by a remote-controlled quadcopter that will be presented by The Hole art gallery at the very first Silicon Valley Art Fair on April 10-13.

The prolific artist blends traditional graffiti, digital media and conceptual artwork to create an entirely new hybridized approach to contemporary art. Over the past months, he has experimented with the weight of the paint, the straw for the sprayer, the sensor for the can activation, the flight of the drone and different paint and surfaces. KATSU created the hardware and software to have a drone carry a spray paint can and a mechanism to press the can to emit spray.

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What makes these artworks unique is that it’s divorced from the artist hand though remotely controlled by it, and filtered through the nature of the unmanned aerial vehicles and its tendencies. The semi-random line in the works has a choppy quality to one side of the mark, as the paint is whipped up in the drone’s propellers. The gesture of the mark is governed by the drone’s gyroscope as it tries to “right” itself from the paint payload and the spray propulsion. The result is semi-controlled chaos as the artist can control color and semi-control composition but not much else.

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According to The Hole, “In spirit the works are very much part of a tendency in emerging art to engage with process driven abstraction, however in these works, the artist is not seeking to shirk responsibility by turning the composition over only to process, rather he is creating new opportunities of engagement, and their resulting difficulties and restrictions, through a challenging and pioneering process.”

The exhibition will also feature a video to document how the paintings were made.

Opening preview:
Thursday, April 10 6-9:30pm

Open to the public:
Friday, April 11 11- 8pm
Saturday, April 12 11-8pm
Sunday, April 13 11-6pm

[Via – PSFK]