Troika’s ‘Light Drawings’ encompass multiple projects, which all rely on variations of the same mark-making process. The organic, irregular forms seen in ‘Fahrenheit 451’ (2014), ‘Path of Least Resistance’ (2013), ‘Path of Most Resistance’ (2012), ‘Delta’ (2013) and ‘Cartography of Control’ (2014) are made by burning paper with an electric charge, which manifests as intricate repeat-basic patterns.
‘Path of Least Resistance’ presents the remains of a 50,000 volt discharge. The results evokes rivers, tributaries, oxbow lakes, blood vessels, veins, capillaries, and plant roots, the patterns of which all stemming from the same genetic law. In ‘Delta’, the charred pathway distinctly assumes the patterning of a river delta, while ‘Path of Most Resistance’ forces the charge to assume a circular pattern, one of the first figures of abstraction, in an act reminiscent of the Opera Contra Natura of Promethean myths.
‘Light Drawings’ are both delicate and unruly, dominated by the tension between control and what is inherently uncontrollable.