by Kathryn McKinney in New Art on Tuesday 19 August 2014

For the occasion of his first solo show at Joseph Gross Gallery, The Map Is Not The Territory, opening September 11, 2014, Brooklyn artist Ted Lawson will début a new series of work consisting of three dimensional wall mounted pieces and freestanding sculptures milled from MDF (a wood fiber based material commonly used in commercial fabrication), brass plate etchings, and three large scale drawings rendered in the artist’s own blood fed intravenously to a CNC (computer numerical control) machine using computer technology akin to a 3D printer.

These man and machine ‘collaborations’ are most poignant in Lawson’s blood drawings. Documented in a short video capturing the artist literally spilling blood for his work, fed to the machine through an IV over hours at a time, the act ultimately challenges the preconception that an artist whose practice utilizes computers and coding is somehow more removed from his work than an artist using graphite or paint.