September, 30, 2008
Data is Nature
Robert Walden - Ontological Roadmaps
By Paul Prudence
Robert Walden’s drawings are overt process based recordings of labour intensive mark making journeys, which result in his Ontological Road and Surveillance Maps. Using ink, pencil and acrylic on paper his city structures move from linearity and order and gradually transform organically into urban sprawls. The cellular nature of these drawings, not surprisingly, also implies biological entities with tendrils, lichen colonies or even tree bark – nature’s little cities. Yet again these kinds of procedural drawings hint at universal pattern formulae generated by loop-based self-organising principles.