Analia Saban, ‘Electric Toothbrush (One-Continuous Line)’, 2016, Gemini G.E.L.

The Mechanical Drawings (One-Continuous Line) etchings investigate the various internal parts of domestic objects including a blender, electric toothbrush, pocket watch, combo television unit, and recliner chair. Each image was made by Saban using an industrial laser cutter that the artist manipulated to draw, rather than burn or cut. By taking advantage of the machine’s limitation of composing in an uninterrupted stroke, the fragments, although scattered throughout the page, are ultimately connected and formed by one continuous line. Working with Master Printer Case Hudson, the drawings were transferred to copper plates with a robust, deeply bitten aquatint that when printed produced a powerfully embossed line saturated in color.

Series: Mechanical Drawings

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil on bottom margin by the artist

Image rights: Electric Toothbrush (One-Continuous Line) © 2016, Analia Saban and Gemini G.E.L. LLC

Publisher: Gemini G.E.L.

"Analia Saban is Broken" at Gemini G.E.L., October 22 - December 22, 2016

About Analia Saban

Analia Saban’s sculptural paintings are the result of the artist’s interest in dissecting both the painting process and her works themselves. Saban describes her own method of working as both artistic and scientific—an approach that was inspired by her former instructor John Baldessari. She is best known for using laser cutters, silicone molds and acrylic, and erosive techniques. In her early works, Saban reduced the works of Modernists like Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Miró, and Henri Matisse into individual swatches of color, which she then cut out, copied, and rearranged. Since then, her painting practice has also included unraveling painted canvases and wrapping the threads into a single ball; shrink-wrapping oil-on-canvas works such that the paint moved beneath the plastic; and using photographic emulsion as a device for applying marks to painted surfaces.

Argentinian-American, b. 1980, based in Los Angeles, California