Tony Orrico: Human Spirograph®
You may remember my post Spirograph Cartel about Istanbul’s spinning street vendors? Or perhaps you enjoyed Really BIG Circles, about one of my favorite Circle Makers, Jim Denevan, who makes sand and ice drawings visible from space?
Well, there’s a new kid on the block. Meet Tony Orrico and his ‘anthropometric performance drawings’.
From Orrico’s website:
He explores the limitation of (or the spontaneous navigation within) the sphere of his outstretched arms, considering themes of repetition, locomotion, refraction, and eventual exhaustion.
Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, all used the body as a key source for measurement.
(Why do you think we call them FEET?) Here is a fascinating list of units of measure based on body parts.
Tony channels Leonardo’s Vitruvian man. This is the nature of our human bodies, we are the original compass!
Mock-mathematics, or how to turn the human body into a graceful precision instrument.
Tony Orrico — artist, dancer, human spirograph. He creates remarkable large-scale mock-mathematical drawings with a savant’s focus and a marathoner’s endurance, sometimes drawing for up to four hours continuously, hitting our soft spot for the intersection of art and mathematics with delicious precision.
See him in action and marvel.
What makes Orrico’s art most remarkable is the complete grace and fluidity with which he renders seemingly mechanical drawings, transforming the human body at once into a precision instrument and a delicate paintbrush of the abstract.
Watch him work his magic at the National Academy of Sciences in D.C.:
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Finally, as my friend Marta observed:
“I like Tony’s work cause he can stop and take a nap and then continue working….not bad.”