DMA, Dessins Mécaniques Aléatoires
(Aleatory Mechanical Drawings)

For sale in the boutique here:

Archival ink on giclée print. Acid-free 300g Montval Canson paper.

The DMA_eq drawings are randomly generated following the RG_eq protocol. To create the drawings, I use two machines: a large-format plotter and a CNC. The protocol works as follows:

– A P5JS script generates a random gradient using 2, 3, or 4 colors.
– A second P5JS script creates a dynamic/irregular grid and fills each cell with a geometric shape. For each shape, the position, rotation, and hatch are chosen at random. I use 6 different hatch types: 0°, 90°, 45°, -45°, cross 0/90°, and cross 45/-45°.
– In Inkscape, the gradient is clipped into the background of each of the shapes.
– The clipped gradient is printed with the plotter.
– Depending on the size of the drawing, the hatch is sent either to the Axidraw or to the CNC and traced with a fine-liner pen on top of the gradient.

There are different sizes available: 16×24 cm, 33×50 cm y 40×65 cm (6.3×9.4 inches, 13×19.6 inches, and 15.7×25.6 inches).

The EQVILIBRIVM collection will be made available on November 30th at 8pm (Paris time) here: www.eltono.com/boutique/

Process pictures:

Video by Romain Baudry:

Thanks a lot to Romain Baudry for the video and to the Carton family for the plotter!

Varsi Residency

Varsi Art Lab, Rome, Italy
June 2023

During the two-week residency, with the support of 56Fili, I had the opportunity to explore the use of the screen printing technique, disrupting its conventional patterns and employing it as an extension of my artistic and aesthetic research.

The methodology applied to my generative art projects (Modo, Eltonolab, etc.) was consequently implemented in the productions of this residency. In a delicate balance between rules and chance, a new collection of screen-printed works emerged, breaking away from the typical series norms in favor of uniqueness.

I have created three new collections:

  • Strappato, a work of layering screen-printed and torn papers, a series of 8 unique pieces measuring 126 x 77 cm, numbered, mounted on wood, and 2 artist proofs on paper.
  • Otto, a series of 8 unique pieces measuring 100 x 70 cm, numbered, and 8 artist proofs.
  • Magari, a series of 25 unique pieces measuring 70 x 50 cm and 11 artist proofs.

The works are available here: galleriavarsi.it/artists/eltono

Strappato :

Otto :

Magari :

Photos: Ornella Mercier (@ornella.mercier)

1, 2, 3, couleurs

Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, France
October 2023

As part of its actions for inclusion and diversification of its audiences, the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille opened a free space for children aged 0 to 6 in the heart of its atrium in the fall of 2023, in partnership with the art initiation center Mille Formes from Clermont-Ferrand. The idea is to provide young children with their first multisensory artistic experience centered around shapes and colors through contemporary artworks.

Alongside Claude Como, I was invited to present my Espaces Manipulables (Manipulable Spaces) project, which was developed in 2022 in collaboration with the art initiation center Mille Formes. Additionally, I was asked to paint the exterior wall of the exhibition space in the museum’s atrium. I executed the generative painting Modo n.°55 in seven days.

Modo n.°55 generative mural painting:

Espaces Manipulables, installation:

“1, 2, 3 couleurs” is a project conceived and supported by the Mediation and Audience Engagement department of the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille / City of Lille. It received sponsorship from Rigolo Comme La Vie in collaboration with the We Act for Kids Fond’actions, as well as in-kind sponsorship from Unikalo.

Photos: Eltono



Bourdeilles, France
June 2022

Project realized in collaboration with the town of Bourdeilles and the Dordogne-Périgord Departmental Cultural Agency.

Upon the invitation of the Departmental Cultural Agency and the town of Bourdeilles, I have conceived a series of graphic compositions for the Grand Rue, the main street in the village. This work involved participatory workshops with over seventy residents. This installation marks the official launch of a collective consultation initiated by the municipality regarding the future urban and landscape redevelopment of the town.

I collaborated with primary school students, volunteers, as well as residents from the La Prada medical center and the Les Deux Séquoias nursing home. Using architectural elements, I created twenty-four shapes and defined a color palette. I introduced participants to a graphic and playful protocol where choices were based on the results of dice rolls. Each number corresponded to a shape, an orientation, and a color. The dice throws generated over two hundred motifs, allowing me to compose the banners.

Participants, from 6 to 101 years old:
Erinne, Emma, Lisa, Elvin, Antoine, Loup, Luther, Arthur, Joseph, Alice, Margot, Abel, Céline, Guy, Patrick, Elie, Nolan, Solange, Chantal, Alexis, Killyan, John, Jessica, Clara, Nathalie, Pierre, Paulette, Simone, Hameury, Jean-Claude, Marie, Alain, Christine, Nicolas, Maria, Marie-Colette, Joan, Lorenzo, Thomas, Camille, Soyann, Flore, Sasha, Maëlys, Ethan, Adèle, Yoann, Jaja, Hugo, Jules V, Léo, Lulu, Océane, Elisa, Léon, Jules F, Mélissa, Eywa, Ladig, Kyllian, along with their teachers and activity leaders.

Bourdeilles Town Hall & Dordogne-Périgord Departmental Cultural Agency – 2022

Photos: Eltono


Hangar 107 Art Center
Rouen, France
July 2021

Artworks created for the solo show Sérendipité: www.eltono.com/exhibitions/solo/serendipite

Averses (rain showers)

Following my researches around the idea of artwork alteration with uncontrolled external factors, I decided to take advantage of the Normandy weather to walk around the art center each time it was raining, protecting myself under an artwork. The colored parallel lines sequence traced with felt pens are defaced by the water drips which make the ink bleed. because the exposition time is the same for each outing, the characteristics of each rain shower can be clearly seen in the result. Big spaced drops, light rain or strong rain shower all leave a different imprint on the ink.

Thanks to all the Hangar 107 crew, Jean Guillaume, Nicolas, Marc, Kim, Théo, Caro, Marilou and Gabin.

Pictures: Juan Cruz, Jean Guillaume Panis and Eltono.


Horizontal printing system using street movements. Each print is exposed to traffic for at least one hour.

Photos: Eric Surmont et Eltono
Videos: Victor Thiré


Aleatory Mechanical Drawings (DMA), 3 colors, 16 x 24 cm (6.3 x 9.4 inches).
Pigmented ink on acid-free Montval Canson 300 g. paper. Series of 99 monotypes, each drawing is unique.

The DMA_ARQ drawings are composed of three layers traced one on top of the other, each one has a different color. For each layer, the protocol builds a 2 x 3 grid. In each cell, it places a shape, randomly selected out of 24 (including an empty one). The generated image is sent to an Axidraw plotter with a marker mounted on it. Each layer uses a different color, so the marker has to be manually changed for each new one.

For DMA_ARQ[cmy], the collector can choose his drawing using the compositions generator.

To generate and order a drawing, please follow the instructions here: www.eltono.com/DMA_ARQ/.

Video of the process:


Drawings :