REX AP     4080441a The brooklyn artist who made a self portrait out of his own blood, America, August 2014

The brooklyn artist who made a self portrait out of his own blood, America, August 2014

MANDATORY CREDIT: Ted Lawson/Rex Features. IMAGES OUTSIDE OF PRINT VERSION NEWSPAPER SUBSCRIPTIONS. FEES APPLY FOR UNIQUE IPAD USE. Only for use in story about Ted Lawson's art project.Meet The Brooklyn Artist Who Assisted A Robot To Help Him Create A Self Portrait Out Of His Own Blood A Brooklyn-based artist has worked with a robot in order to create 'selfie' using his own blood. Ted Lawson's project is called Ghost In The Machine' relies on a robot which is connected to the veins in his arm to then use his blood to create a drawing of his in the nude. The 44-year-old artist explains that he has always wanted to use different technologies within his work. "I'm generally not into doing selfies, particularly nude ones, but when I came up with the idea to connect my blood directly to the robot (CNC machine), it just made too much sense to not try one as a full nude self-portrait. "In this series I'm really just trying to make a good drawing, which requires a lot of process and spontaneity to achieve. I do consider these works to be drawings and not prints, in that I allow the robot to make certain mistakes or leave in certain glitches on purpose." The artist says he likes it most when people have a strong reaction to his work. "Ideally, people get what I'm going for and connect with the work in a personal way. I enjoy positive feedback quite a lot, but the negative comments are equally entertaining. "For example, some people have an aversion my use of the machine as a means to draw, as if the machine didn't require just as much skill and practice to use as a pen; which is also just a piece of technology. I'm classically trained so I'm relatively indifferent to that distinction." Though he enjoys drawing, Ted says he particularly likes creating objects that can force the viewer's hand to see how they will ... For more information visit http://www.rexfeatures.com/stacklink/BQYSXWETY (Rex Features via AP Images)

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