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Sublime Landscapes for the Outsider Artist - Amsterdam

Sublime Landscapes for the Outsider Artist - Amsterdam

Acrylic Paint, Pastel, Graphite, Conte, Charcoal, Pencil Crayon, Photo Transfer, Tea, Coffee, Pen on Paper (22x30) | 2015

Most often place applies to our own “local” entwined with personal memory, known or unknown histories, marks made in the land that provide and evoke.  Place is latitudinal and longitudinal within the map of a person’s life.  It is temporal and spatial, personal and political.  A layered location replete with human histories and memories, place has width as well as depth.  It is about connections, what surrounds it, what formed it, what happened there, what will happen there.” -Lucy Lippard

 

My drawings are echoes of my experience of place juxtaposing the neoromantic adoration of landscape and conceptually driven outsider artists like Nedko Solakov.  Repeated landscapes are put on top of imagined ones creating an animated experience of place.  Actual and imagined are mixed through the repetition of modified photo transfers and mixing forms within the smudges and spills made on the paper.  To Lucy Lippard, someplace was a point that we are looking for while no place could exist in a location we know but in the form of unknown or ignored objects.  These drawn locations all exist however in their repeated form and the attempt to illustrate the potentiality of space they have been given a sense of placelessness and the geography of nowhere.  Instinctual attraction to a locale can open our imagination and draw us into a venue that should be unknown and meaningless.  An image, when paired with untold real or unreal stories, can create an uncanny familiarity and sense of belonging within the unknown.  These suspended drawings create a tension between someplace and no place, known and unknown, past and future, fantasy and loss. I invite you to explore these worlds and find your own place among them.

Sublime Landscapes For the Outsider Artist - Jordan

Sublime Landscapes For the Outsider Artist - Jordan

Acrylic Paint, Pastel, Graphite, Conte, Charcoal, Pencil Crayon, Photo Transfer, Tea, Coffee, Pen on Paper (22x30) | 2015

No Representation Without A Conversation

No Representation Without A Conversation

Pencil Crayon, Photo Transfer and Graphite on Paper (20x33) | 2014

In this piece the 2006 Canadian census population demographics are repeatedly photo transferred onto the paper followed by the seating plan for parliament hill in ottawa in graphite and a map of Canada with the electoral constituencies also in graphite.  On top of this the phrase “No representation without a conversation” is repeated with the letters being made of the name of a constituency, their elected official and the percentage of voters in that district arranged by province and party colour.  For this reason in the east where there are more provinces and constituencies the text is more dense then in the west where there are fewer constituencies and the provinces are further apart.  Thus not only does the map visually represent the parties that were elected in different areas and arguably that provinces interests but also more predominantly calls for those with the most power to ensure that they are the most representational and if they are going to claim they represent Canada and their constituencies.

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