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Analogue Coding Artwork

MEDA 102

Assessment 1: Analogue Coding 



  1. Draw a square in black sharpie 8cm x 8cm in the top left corner of the page.
  2. Draw a triangle approximately the same size (make sure to use a ruler), overlapping the right bottom corner of the square.
  3. Draw a circle, again similar size overlapping the triangle over the right bottom corner.
  4. Continue the pattern of square, triangle, circle in every direction of the page, each shape overlapping into one another. Keep going until the page is full.
  5. Fill in the overlapped areas with highlighters in however way you choose.  

For my analogue code artwork I wanted to create a simple design and something that was straightforward enough to be recreated through clear instructions. I was inspired by Frank Stella’s work as he focuses a lot on abstraction and minimalism through the design of geometry and shape. This is something I wanted to incorporate in my own work so I came up with the concept of using the three most standard shapes; squares, triangles and circles. The design of all three shapes worked well together as they are geometrically very different, offering a good contrast and diversity for the artwork. Initially my instructions stated to use lead pencil as it’s a simple medium that can be very effective however, after getting three people to execute my instructions I decided it was too dull and it didn’t achieve the aesthetic I was looking for. A black sharpie marker was a material that provided the clean, minimalist look I wanted and it looked nice against the white space on the paper. Using highlighters were another material I incorporated, remaining consistent with the texture of the sharpie although adding more brightness and colour than regular markers. I provided a collection of different colours to the people recreating my artwork and allowed them to complete the final step of the instructions however they liked. This allowed for three outcomes that each had different colours and patterns used whilst still following the same principles. The last step of my instructions resolved the problem I had initially which was that the reproductions were all very similar and didn’t make for an interesting collection. I made sure my instructions were as precise as possible by explaining exactly what I wanted which I think worked well as the recreated artworks I got back where what I had envisioned, with each one having its own unique twist on it. 

Morgan Pinhorn