The movement of the pendulums affects the entire room. It is easy to become entranced while watching the drawing emerge, line by line.
Drawingmachine is a construction involving two pendulums, each suspended from a tower construction and connected through “drawing arms” and moveable joints. A ballpoint pen resting on a drawing surface covered with paper is mounted at the point where the pendulums come together. The pendulums are set in motion by hand, and their movements are represented on the paper. The movements of the pendulums affect the entire room, and the experience engages the beholder’s body. While the rhythmic repetitions cause the beholder to pause, the drawing emerges on the paper.
The technique of using weights and pendulums was invented in the Renaissance and applied in the so-called Harmonograph.
Eske Rex is interested in the machine as a sculpture in space, a constantly changing mobile. In addition, the universe in the drawings is interesting by virtue of their spatial, textural, temporal qualities – a never-ending experiment where it is impossible to produce two identical drawings.
Eske Rex has exhibited in both art and design contexts, including the Artists’ Autumn Exhibition in 2010, the Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition in 2010 and the Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in 2009.
Eske Rex received a working grant from the Danish Arts Foundation in 2010 and took part in the exhibition ‘Designers Investigating’ in Øksnehallen, which received an award from the Danish Arts Foundation in 2010.
Eske Rex’ projects often spring from a fascination with a phenomenon or a material. He is focused on the artistic process, the experiment and the exploration. To Eske Rex, there is a potential for inspiration in everything that he does. Thus, inspiration may just as easily spring from everyday activities as from travel experiences. Eske Rex works with wood and metal and with the impact of outside forces that cannot be controlled completely, for example using pendulums or traction forces to affect his constructions.
b. 1977, designer and visual artist. Graduated from The Danish Design School in 2008.