Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Monday, 23 April 2012
"Plato’s Dichotomy: Collapsed Space, 2008, uses eight layers of intricately cut drywall, honeycomb panels, and mirrors to create the impression of a deep space into which viewers can look and feel lost. Drywall, the ubiquitous boundary between the occupiable and unoccupiable spaces, is recruited to create a disorienting space, within which a viewer finds herself only upon noticing her reflection in an obscured mirror."
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Rock Family Tree30 photographs, each 4 x 6 inches, in handmade frames with wooden connecting network, 1998
'I took portrait-style photographs of various rocks on my family's summer property in Finland, then arranged these rocks into a family tree structure. On one side, the rocks grow increasingly proximious to human presence and even turn into things like benches; on the other, the rocks grow increasingly distant, "loner rocks" who leave land behind and head out to sea.'
And this piece made me smile because this is where my work does stem from.
I love rocks and geology and how something as simple as water can carve mountains away.
Rocks are defeated by water.
AustriaDissected paper map, 6 x 9 inches, 1997, and c-print, 30 x 40 inches, 2006
'Austria describes itself as "the heart of Europe." This photograph shows the entire Austrian road network, dissected from a paper map and formed into the shape of a heart.'
A map contains information in a two dimensional format expressing a three dimesional object. Here Katchadourian has interestingly returned the map to its three dimensional origin, however, she illustrates a term of endearment or expression derived from the country (Austria) in this third dimension.
My own work, yet again, has an element that Katchadourian is experimenting with here; returning the 2D map to 3D. However, my own work cut in to the map and layers them in to a landscape contour instead of sculpting it.
As before, Nina Katchadourian's work with maps is akin to my own venture.
I am especially engaged with water features.
The element of isolation causes the viewer to approach this element of the map from a different angle, especially how Katchadourian has the multitude of un-named islands en-mass.
The work I am currently embarking on is disecting rivers from maps and I have found that Nina Katchadourian does this in a very similar manner. Her work is beautiful in a clinical and scientific form and the presentation of the slides is fascinating.