This installation is inspired by my response to the contradictory nature of the landscape in our area. The beauty of nature, including drawings of live oaks and other trees, is juxtaposed with dreary industrial forms that damage yet fulfill a necessary service to the region. Physical elements are fabricated from local material such as salvaged and recycled pine and cypress. By using negative shapes of nature I’m drawing attention to the liminal place they have in this context. The contrast of opposites is reinforced through juxtapositions: positive/negative, presence/absence, past/present, two-dimensional/three-dimensional, grounded/floating. I have also inserted small elliptical drawings created by my wife, who referenced sketches by my grandfather, mounted on the walls. My grandfather was an architect and naturalist, who worked in Georgia and Tennessee. Since I am from Ohio, having both northern and southern roots in my family, this is my way of showing connections between the two.
Thank you to my wife Cynthia Giachetti, for your love, support, vision and hard work on this project.
Thank you to the CAC for this opportunity to work on a large scale two and three dimensional installation and for their support.
Thank you to the Joan Mitchell Center for allowing us to reside at their center during our installation and for their generous hospitality and support.
Wood, metal, charcoal, ink, graphite, paint (sculptures)
Charcoal, graphite (wall drawings)