Surface: longitude 93.6881 N and latitude 41.7017 W elev +835′ (variable)
48 in. x 48 in. acrylic on plywood.
I’ve finished finally the first of what I think will become a series of paintings exploring the visual aspects of a particular surface of water as I recall (from my pictures anyway) on the 15 May 2005… at the approximate location of longitude: -93.6881 and latitude: 41.7017.
I’m fascinated with the technological ability to identify location / position / and “what is seen”… for all its nonsensical potential… (for arts sake)… yet imagine the military application! Witness CNN… GPS / digital image / Google Earth / Flickr…. all of it starts to converge to a particular event scene – which in this case is a surface of water…
So how to describe that?
Well… the grids on the 48 in. x 48 in. square are evenly divided in 1/2” increments. This is a frame work for organizing and transfering the image. It’s also a reference to latitude and longitude… Jeffersonian grids.. etc. A system of geometric rules by which to classify a position.
The next issue was the rendering of the image. I chose to use only black and white pigments – and the resultant shades of grey – to represent the depth of the image… white is high – black is low (light and shadow)….
I’m not sure if I have a real personal working definition for what qualifies as an abstract image… maybe an image that is more or less self referential…not to be found elsewhere… in that case… this painting is more like an organized and restricted impressionism(organized by squares (rules) and limited to black and white mixed pigment)…because it references a picture I took of a rushing water surface … at any rate.
Most importantly, I had fun with it.