Landscape is not a genre of art but a medium...a medium of exchange between the human and the natural, the self and the other...Landscape is a scene meditated by culture, it is both represented and presented space, both a signifier and a signified, both frame and what a frame contains, both a real place and its simulacrum... W.J.T. MITCHELL
My artistic practice employs both drawing and human movement to examine the convergence of sport and art. I make work with the aid of drawing devices designed to record various outdoor pursuits, ranging from long distance cycling trips, to backcountry ski tours. The resulting work exists as a series of drawings, indexical records of my travels, documents which engage and reference nature and the self.
Methods for automating drawing, appeared simultaneously with the earliest accounts of constructing linear perspective. This long search for mechanical drawing approaches illustrates a connection between art and scientific method. My interests and practice are positioned between this complex relationship involving technology, the machine and movement. I am particularly interested in how the body through rigorous physical practice can be used as a vehicle for expression. Ultimately, movement serves as a function for the human body to measure the landscape and systematically construct works of art.
My current projects focus on establishing a direct link to the concern for human conduct and natures role in affecting that conduct. One can argue that the natural epistemology of human activities can be conditioned by nature. Thus, illustrating the body's ability to operate various systems of measurement continually tracing it's relationship to the land, coexisting as both a unit of measurement and a map, a recorder of space and time. Given the long history of artists who have created work about nature and their environment, part of my artistic practice is simply to finding new ways to respond to nature today.