work > spending time in places i've never been...

Michael Boonstra, Oregon artist, evaporated ink drawing.
Spending Time in Places I've Never Been... (Djerassi Series #5)
ink, graphite, acrylic on duralar mounted on clayboard
30"x30"

This series of drawings is meant to occupy a visual vernacular similar to satellite images of aerial landscapes. I am interested in what is actually seen and comprehended and what is lost or rendered invisible at such a scale? Evaporated ink, specific to time and place, is a parallel process to the geologic forces that form the surface of our planet. Irreproducible. The overlaid geometry is a proxy for attempted human organization of landscape, specifically the American West. While the scale of these drawings is relatively small, they unfold as vast stretches of planetary surface in the studio. The marks mimicking our incursions upon the surface of the Earth. acknowledging the damage we have inflicted while simultaneously offering new possibilities. These drawings are landscapes that are not fixed or static, much like the process of drawing. They are open in every sense...