Clement Valla is a New York based artist whose work focuses on contemporary picture-producing apparatuses, and how they transform representation and ways of seeing.
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Mechanical Turk Alphabets
Symbols extracted from Seed Drawings, pen-plotter, marker on paper
2012, XPO Gallery, Paris, France

The Mechanical Turk Alphabets are derived form the Seed Drawings. Each symbol in the alphabets was a previously unrecognizable glyph that was frequently copied in the Seed Drawings. These recurring symbols emerged on their own through thousands of iterative copies. Perhaps these are the internet equivalents to archaeologists’ entoptic phenomenon (some images) – erronously though to be the ur-forms of primitive art accessed in altered psychological states.

The prints were produced using a marker attached to a pen plotter – a machine mimicking the stroke of a stylus.