“The Bitmap Machine” is a printmaking technique based on letterpress technology. A grid (chase) of square lead blocks (em quads) is lowered upon a corresponding grid of holes. These holes are randomly filled with ball bearings by shaking the entire apparatus. The square lead blocks are pushed upward when lowered upon the ball bearings in the holes. These raised lead blocks can be used to create a relief print. Lead blocks not pushed up do not receive ink and therefore do not print.

2012, mixed media, 12″ x 12″

Grid of lead blocks forced upward by randomly arranged ball bearings in underlying grid.

2012, mixed media, 12″ x 12″

Ball bearings distributed on magnetic grid.

2012, mixed media, 12″ x 12″

Lid  over ball bearings so they can be shaken and thereby randomly arranged.

“Bitmap Machine 1” and “QR Code Version 40,” mixed media and relief print, 12″ x 12″ and 40″ x 40,” Installation Shot, Kala Art Institute