Dolly Speck

 
Teoman Irmak

‘Wrap yourself around’ – 2007

“The larger the selections the more pronounced and grander the broken curving arcs become.”

Although in the past I have made images on a computer without the usual art packages, now I mostly use the dependable industry standards. Well behaved, predictable and almost perfect. But these are not necessarily the aspects I’m looking for.
Because of this, most of my work ends up using a certain feature of the software package. The feature is almost inevitably a product of an unfortunate aspect of the software. This appeals to my technologist side. It is the idea that interesting things start to happen beyond the edge of normal functioning.
I spend a lot of time on this edge, mapping out and exploring the confines of the behaviour. In this case a curious aspect of Photoshop where instead of producing a smooth line the program samples the route the drawing tool takes, producing a stuttered application.
Most of the time or with sufficiently fast machines this is not noticeable. But it can be invoked when the tool selected is above a certain size. The striking stutter produced seems to be proportional to the area of the drawing tool selected. The larger the selections the more pronounced and grander the broken curving arcs become.
Awkward, imperfect, beautiful.