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This gallery constitutes artworks which represent the genesis of all else seen on this website. They are among my first digital artworks, which were conceived during the late 1980s, with a high tech instrument that was intended solely for creating two-dimensional architectural plans. It was not designed for artistic expression and at that time digital art was almost unheard of. My tool was the first architectural computer assist design (CAD) system on the market, which my father pioneered for creating technical restaurant kitchen facility plans that previously were hand-drawn.

The development of each artwork was a matter of playing with the CAD system’s linear output of angular and spacial mathematical calculations, of simple luminous line drawings on a black screen. My first impression, when I saw an architectural drawing on the computer's monitor, was that appeared to be rather reminiscent of neon. Having worked for years with the luminous ancient craft of stained glass, I instantly visualized the unusual and incredibly rare creative opportunity in my midst. The palette consisted of only 11 colors, including three shades of gray. Through trial and error, I managed to create the illusion of three-dimensions, by mathematically reproducing the same drawings several times in close proximity to each other, but at various chosen angles of separation. If enough lines were bunched together, side-by-side, I was able to create the illusion of solid forms. Thus, every aspect of these drawings is based on plotting and multiplying single straight lines. Even my surname, as seen above, was created by meticulously crafting together short straight lines into what appears to be a quickly scribbled signature.

Capturing and reproducing copies of what was created on the CAD system long ago, as seen in other sub-galleries of "The Routes," has required undergoing a series of processes over many years of time, with other computer graphics technology. The first step, long before that was even conceivable, was to take photographs of the CAD-created images directly from the monitor with 35mm slide film, this being long before digital photography existed or capturing screenshots had been invented. Years passed before the slides were converted to a digital format and then copied onto CDs. Many more years passed, while I lived in Europe further developing the project with sound, music and video, the long since forgotten original files of these drawings stored back home on old 5 1/4 inch floppy disks.

Upon returning to Los Angeles in 2012, the idea struck me to seek some means to retrieve the files for the sake of further exploration with the latest technological innovation. After an extensive search, I located a professor at Boston University, who had the only means I could find anywhere to extract and transfer the files into a format that once again became useful.

Most of the artworks seen on this website can be attributed to being able to retrieve those original files, though a few of the more creatively advanced images presented in this particular gallery were not found on those floppy disks. Those artworks seen here are derived from reproductions of the actual CAD monitor photographs that were taken decades ago. A major problem arose, that their resolution and file sizes, even the resolutions of the newer artworks that were more recently created with retrieved CAD files, were too small to be reproduced at large sizes. Further extensive experimentation ensued, in part thanks to recent AI technology, though this alone was not adequate.The final step was devising a means to enhance these files, at far higher resolutions, with a combination of creative solutions to achieve a variety of remarkably realistic 3D-like textural effects that often encompass the merging of highly detailed visual imagery, photography and screen shots from vide oclips.

Also included in this gallery are photographs of ink drawings of these CAD images, that were reproduced by a plotter that was directly driven by the CAD system, each color ingeniously plotted simultaneously by individual ink pens. There is no such equipment still being used that I am aware of.

 

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