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Tony Orrico Spirograph Penwald Drawings

Tony Orrico's Spirograph-Like "Penwald" Drawing Series Dazzles

One of my favorite toys as a child was my Spirograph set — if you don't remember the Spirograph, it was a mathematical toy that created elaborate circular shapes known as hypotrochoids and epitrochoids. Artist, performer, and dancer Tony Orrico has been called the human Spirograph, and for good reason — his series of Penwald Drawings are super-sized versions of the classic geometrical toy designs.

To create these drawings, Orrico uses his entire body as a tool of measurement to create these geometric patterns. Through a series of careful movements and repetition of his arms, he creates these compelling, beautiful pieces. Orrico is a former member of Trisha Brown Dance Company and Shen Wei Dance Arts, and his training as a dancer is obvious in the creation of the work.

To see more of his work, check out photos from the solo exhibition of his Penwald drawings at the Shoshana Wayne Gallery.

Interested in seeing how Orrico creates these pieces? Click through for a video of Orrico creating a Penwald drawing.

If you're interested in adding some of Orrico's artwork to your home, check out the series of limited edition prints for sale from Orrico and photographer Michael Hart, or contact the artist for more information on his artwork.

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