“The current renewed focus on gestures is of an entirely different nature, one might sense an inversion of the generosity that has accompanied previous descriptions and illustrations of gestures, as major players such as Apple and Google seek to seize as many patents of gestures as possible given the rapid advance of haptic technologies, of which the most emblematic might be Apple’s ‘slide to unlock’ gesture. The representation of gestures in such patents is often illustrated via a sequence of numbered dots instructing a movement somewhat reminiscent of a “connect the dots” puzzle, traceable by one’s fingers.
Nevertheless, drawings in patents are not always precise, specialized, or even useful. Peter Jellitsch has incorporated one of these apparently superfluous drawings from a patent, 2 depicting a Happy Family, 3 transitioning this image onto his very first series of canvas paintings. Jellitsch copied each of the paintings by projecting his freehand copy of the patent’s side note onto canvas. More explicitly, they have been traced – always partly – onto canvases of different sizes and shapes, with their background painted in diverse colors. He has created a subject-based, numbered color system for this series; every canvas has been enriched with a number corresponding to its color.
Every work in this series consists of four canvasses that have been mounted together, culminating in unique repetitions of the same image. The repetition in different colors implies Jellitsch’s complete dispossession of the image as he alters its properties, such as size, proportion and color, at his will, of all things snatched up from a regulating document whose nature is to claim an idea or system and leverage in case of the idea’s or system’s usage. (...)”
Sandra Petrasevic: How To Capture A Gesture, in: Color Arrangements. Peter Jellitsch, Ten Tabs Open, 2019.