Charles A. Csuri: Sine Waves Scramble

  • ©,



    Sine Waves Scramble


Creation Year:



    Color pencil on paper


    165 x 203 cm (65 x 80 in)


Artist Statement:

    Six Pages from the Artist’s Sketchbook

    These sketchbook drawings were made when Csuri first started using the computer. They demonstrate ideas and issues that he was struggling with in the context of a drum plotter, a slow computer and punch cards. Csuri asked himself, “What can I do with this process or approach that would be different from my traditional work?” According to Csuri, it was a time of great speculation, and the drawings illustrate that he was thinking in terms of three-dimensional space, with some notion of stereo pairs and flying through a drawing. In the sketchbook, he comments about a three-dimensional path for an object, sine waves, and various transformations.

    Sine Waves Scramble

    “Quickly I found that I wanted to find ways to deal with color, even though I was limited to a single plotting pen at a time. The sketch of the bearded man on the left was to be broken into fragments, using what we called “a broken line” routine. The lines would be displaced by means of a random walk process, then brought back together again. Animation was on my mind when I considered this idea.”
    — Charles A. Csuri