Linearis Objectum No.1 | kinetic installation | mechanics-electronics | 2016
Paaijmans expresses with his series of work Automatic Signum [2013-2015] that a drawing is essentially a registration of movement in time. A dot is created with a single movement in a single moment; the length of a line reflects the duration of the contact between pen and paper; the articulation of the line indicates how much pressure has been applied, or what the thickness or the angle of the pen has been; a pattern reflects the repetition of movement over a certain length of time. Automatic Signum consists of five drawing devices, Linear, Punctatum, Circular, Quattor Punctatum and Curvarum Linearum. With these fully automated mechanical sculptures, Paaijmans radically replaced the movement of his human drawing hand with mechanics. Each device explores a different basic formal aspect of drawing: dot, line or plane. Paaijmans taught himself to engineer and manufacture these intricate mechanical devices, employing technology as a means to understand the essence of the discipline.
With his recent works Rhombi movens  and Linearis Objectum  Paaijmans focusses on the drawing line, deploying it as an autonomous object. These installations both play with the eye of the beholder, using composition, linear perspective and shadow to create abstract patterns of line arrangements. With these works he has further developed the scale of his work from sculpture to installation.