‘N’ is the result of a commission by Mustang to link their shoe factory to the art gallery, making a photo and drawing exhibition, plus the edition of a book.
Being leather the main material they use at the factory, the whole project is focused around the skin, which relates the machines that manipulate it to the operators that control them.
In a production chain, where the same actions happen thousands of times and each step is linked to the previous and to the next, being that number directly related to how often the previous step was performed and influencing how many times will take place the next, time vanishes in routine, and it’s in the details of how the machine ages where the differences that make it unique get revealed, just as the operator behind it eventually shows traits of the relationship with that machine and the work they do together, being such unnoticed details the key to understand what happens there and how it happens.
Pictures of humanized machines that seem to pose for a classic portrait.
Pictures of bodies treated as machines, where the focus is upon specific elements and how its surface, its skin, has deteriorated over time by repeating the same action.
Generative drawings of cell systems which evolve over time creating skin patterns, drawings that confront the computer used to generate them and its technical implementation with a simple pen; highlighting the time, accuracy and repeatability that divide and join human and machine.