Capturing Robotic Gestures / Anna E. Mikolay

Anna E. Mikolay, Capturing Robotic Gestures, 2008


Artist Statement
I was interested in creating drawings that were visual documentations of the movements made by the GigaPan while it takes a series of pictures to create a panoramic image. Each drawing recorded on the paper is the result of movement from the GigaPan and its robotic arm as it takes images based on the parameters set by the user. The drawings were made by attaching a brush to the robotic arm of the GigaPan, setting the parameters for a panoramic image to be taken, placing the GigaPan and/or paper close enough to track the movements, and initializing the digital picture taking process. All of the recorded documentations included my human interaction (i.e. holding up the paper, dipping the brush in ink etc), which did not allow for an “exact” visual tracking of the movement but instead a more gestural stroke of movement was captured. The embroidered images on the curtains are of the drawings that were created with the brush and the GigaPan. They represent a further exploration of the drawings using needle, thread, and fabric. The curtains are hung in the open windows to demonstrate an interaction with the natural elements of light and air as well as to provide a visual representation of the notion that all things are interconnected.
About the Artist
Anna Mikolay is a painter and installation artist from Pittsburgh, PA. She received her BFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and continued on to earn her Masters in Elementary Education at the University of Pittsburgh.  
Mikolay’s paintings are a long-term exploration of color fields, geometric shapes, patterns, and optics in a given composition. When she paints on a larger scale, she paints directly onto the wall and considers the relationship between composition, architecture, and the viewer passing through it. In terms of her installations, Mikolay responds to the uniqueness of each site. She explores the relationship between material, concept site, and the viewer.  
Her work is represented at Concept Art Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA. Mikolay has exhibited her work all over the city of Pittsburgh, including Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Future Tenant Gallery, Pittsburgh Biennial, the SPACE Gallery, and the Jask Gallery. 
July 11 - August 31, 2008
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