LANDscans

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These images are intimate portraits of landscapes both natural and unnatural and are a true semiotic reading of place.
This handheld scanner provides no barrier to viewing making the invisible, visible. Exposing an interplay of the moment of capture and digital dirt picked up through the process of me scanning, no one has seen this until now. These are the elements that will only occur from such a process.
These images are samples of our landscape as raw unedited experiences, as intimate encounters of microenvironments rich with life, colour, texture, experience, mood and truth.
Above top: Fallen, Sydney colours; Above middle: Fallen, Melaleuca  Above bottom: Fallen, tree graffiti

 

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What is LANDrawing?

Is it endurance drawing, large format drawing, days of drawing, kilometers of tracked drawing? If you answered yes then you’d be right.

The LANDrawing process is about walking in and through space making consciousness movements, gestures and directional decisions knowing each will be tracked to form preconceived patterns in the landscape. Not visible, in the doing as I leave no mark on the landscape, just pass over it. This information is collected using a basic fitness app, giving me all the data of distance, minutes, steps etc. For example the drawing this morning at Pratten Park was 3.69km, 46.34 minutes, 5.3steps all while I burnt 262 calories. Is this finally away for me to find fitness FUN!!!

Below the first image is the outline of my morning walk today in Pratten Park. The second image today’s walk  overlaid  with the tracked walk of the previous day’s walk. Creating a kinetic drawing of a pattern preconceived through walking and moving over two days through the landscape.

 

One might say that where you walk is where you are meant to find yourself; nothing more and nothing less than that.

 

LANDrawings: The Poetry of Capture

Have you ever walked, danced, run or consciously stepped out a drawing?

What would these DRAWings look like; just maps of where you have been and where you are going? Like the transparent wormhole pushing Donny Darko to discover his destiny? These new drawings I am creating, track my walks. This morning I circumnavigated Pratten Park consciously in a patterned walk, creating to any viewer an invisible dance of movements (a hilarious workout I must say) in the landscape.  All the while I am drawing this dance in realtime via a walking app, that tracks and monitors my activities including time, speed, length of walk and calories lost. This app. traces my route and maps my movement, collecting data which I can work with when I return to my studio.
This means I can create interesting investigations of Ashfield as a present form and treat spaces as temporary and virtual canvases. So I can create a route that draws, illustrates and documents my interaction as whimsical LANDrawings.
By walking, poetic and metaphysical drawings are created.  This project is a series of working drawings titled LANDrawings

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Above  LANDrawing: Tracing Pratten

 

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Above image of Pratten Park illustrating the topography of seating, steps etc around oval making the walk very athletic……..

LANDscans

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Fallen Series Week 1 Day 2 Ashfield
I question whether “visual” necessarily means “visible” for as a viewer do we not immerse ourselves in the environment using all our senses to experience the process of viewing? The scanner provided another level a window of unexpectedness to truly inhabit the space which is not afforded by conventional photography or other digit capture tools. Physically these technologies by design put the viewer in a purely observer role they create a barrier to being in and of the place, they frame the experience and pigeon hole the landscape in a conventional and predictable manner.

Artist Residencies

Thirning Villa, Sydney
My project is to create ‘tree’ dialogues
A number of significant trees will be singled out to fit one or more criteria for example: their position and exposure to the weather, wind conditions, access to the tree to assist the movement of my initiated drawing methodology, called kinetic drawing.
The explanation of kinetic drawing is the interactive movement of an organism (tree) moved by the natural element (wind) through an agent (me) by attaching a weight (plumb bob) with string with a drawing medium to a tree, hung over a drawing board with cotton rag paper. The movement initiated by the wind will swing, dance and move the drawing medium over the paper, which will collect this physical act as a visual dialogue, a poetry of sorts created by all these elements coming together.

LANDscanning

2009-02-13-09-39-18Commenced series of LANDscans at Thirning Villa titled “Fallen” capturing the debris fallen from the surrounding trees in Ashfield.

“LANDScans of Landscapes of Unnatural and Natural Beauty”

Are a series of photographic scans I commenced in 2014 during my Australia Council Residency in Liverpool, UK. Below is the conceptual ideas behind the works.

These images, are captured by a hand held scanner, an instrument that has become an extension of myself, as a natural and familiar process. Just like extending your hand to touch and engage with the rich textures of a new environment, instinctively I want to touch  however in this case I can scan. So when my hand moves over these vastly different surfaces, my scanner effortlessly records this engagement, even my staggered movements or my digital dirt as I call it are permanently stored as textural memories of the engagement of place.
The images captured are created by factors both intentional and unintentional which are strongly influenced by the moment of capture, discreet segments of place, points in time, samples of the surrounding environment which later revealed layered records of the impact of occupation, motion and time. Every interaction leaves its mark including my own.

Kinetic Drawings

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Traced morning walk 3km
The explanation of kinetic drawing is the interactive movement of an organism (tree/ME) moved by the natural element (wind/walking) through an agent (ME) by attaching a weighted drawing medium to the tree/MR, hung over a drawing board with cotton rag paper. The movement initiated by the wind/walking will swing, dance and move the drawing medium over the paper, which will collect the physical acts as a visual dialogue, a poetry of sorts created by all these elements coming together.
Below is the resulting drawing from my morning walk of 3km for 26mins around and around Pratten Park
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Morning walk 12/11 3km 26mins