Path of Extinction
I began my work on the Path To Extinction at the end of June 2013. Obsessed with bees and wanting an outlet to share my findings, I began working on a motorized, revolving painting that would tell a story.
One evening after doing a test, I decided to make the piece in an M.C. Escher style to morph the subjects into each other. I painstakingly drew out a system hexagons and then got to work fitting a drawing with in the boundaries of those dimensions. It took a better part of 8 hours to figure that out, but finally I was ready to paint. I drew in a giant hexagon dot grid directly onto the prepared canvas and then began painting.
The canvas rotates into the following sections:
An Army of Soldiers
Bees in Gas Masks
Corporate Buildings with Currency Rooftops
There are several ways of interpreting the piece, and I will let you decide how you want to do that.
The metal frame was custom built to hold the rollers, Arduino moter and canvas. When plugged in the canvas makes 2 revolutions in 4 minutes when triggered by a motion sensor. This is not only a piece of great art, it is a piece of exquisite engineering.