Idiosyncratic Copy Machine

auteur(s): Kristof Van Gestel & Niek Pladet

Idiosyncratic Machine is a shape-generating drawing method developed by Kristof Van Gestel in the context of his visual artistic practice. The space in between everyday objects becomes the basis from which unexpected abstract shapes are systematically derived. The artist then uses these abstract shapes in the creation of new works. In collaboration with Niek Pladet, a new procedure was developed that applies the logic of the Idiosyncratic Machine in the graphic realm. Two shapes were placed on the plate glass of a photocopier, copied and cut out. The resulting remainder then became the original for a new copy, again yielding a remainder to be worked with. These steps were repeated 30 times. This publication is the documentation of that process.