Francesco Igory Deiana’s solo exibition, Haptic Render, currently on display at San Francisco gallery, CULT, explores the translation of form between digital and analog worlds. The artist’s highly detailed, labor-intensive drawings and altered found-object sculptures often appear to be three-dimensional renderings from his geometric 2D work.

Over the years, Deiana has utilized ballpoint pen, spray paint, and photographic prints of screen distortion/feedback to create diptychs that creates both a hyper contemporary space and references classical forms.

The San Francisco artist’s recent work in graphite renders digital gesture into analog form. Beginning his process with an exploration of Photoshop brushstrokes, Deiana meticulously makes marks in the digital world, pinpointing the rough spots and imperfections. As he discovers these misconstrued strokes, he explores the negative space of the subject, bringing the trace into the analog realm with the use of graphite and paper.

Haptic rendering, easily defined as the computerized process by which sensory stimuli are offered to the user to convey information about the object, which is contained in physical attributes such as shape and texture. For his solo exhibition, Deiana identifies aspects of digital touch, the imperfections, and then corrects them in analog form through his own dedicated mark-making. Deiana’s practice simultaneously illustrates the benefit and detriment to creative life embodied by technology.

Deiana’s work will continue to remain on view at CULT through the month of October.


All photos taken by amadeus contributing photographer, Mira Laing.