Nicole wrote this statement for her print.
“Desert Rose,” Aquatint, Screenprint and Hand-coloring, 18”x14”, 2016
In Mark Sweeney’s work with dust and sand, he often needs to know how it moves and is carried by wind. The ways that it can be traced and recorded over time also depend on the size of the grains of sand and which way the wind was blowing historically. Nicole Geary wanted to explore the representations of the wind, which are traditionally caricatures of large blowing forces. In the print they collaborated on, Nicole created a large aquatint of ripples on a dune, a characteristic pattern made by blown sand. This was sourced from photos from Mark’s field work in the Mojave Desert of southern California, and printed onto a very fine paper to give the feel of the ephemeral and delicate nature of the patterns. On top of the ripples, Nicole printed a graph known as a wind rose, which is used by scientists to track historical data of wind direction and speed at a particular location. The graph seems to be fading away, possibly due to wind erosion. Nicole hand-colored the data in the graph, taken from a weather station at Twentynine Palms in the Mojave, providing a scientific interpretation of the origin of past and present wind ripples. This print uses the desert as a way to discover the nature of wind and its effect on even the smallest particles.
Here is Humberto’s statement.
“Tocar/Touch: Glider,” Mylar, conductive ink, acrylic ink, circuit board, microcontroller, Wi-Fi module, electricity, 14”x18”, 2016
Tocar/Touch is the first collaboration between WSU Print Media professor Humberto Saenz and New Media artist/engineer John Harrison. Their work together is inspired by the possibilities they see for individual and collective growth resulting from the cross-pollination of their disciplines and ideas.
Tocar/Touch expands on the discussion regarding the dichotomy between independent and collective behaviors. When the participants touch any print, all of the prints synchronize in rhythm and color, activating a collective driven through interaction. The work is interactive, responding as a collective when a viewer touches any of the prints.
Each print pulses with its own rhythm using a shared; smooth periodic trigonometric function that emulates natural behaviors, such as our breath and heartbeat. Similarly, our natural behaviors in response to touch might be considered as we touch these prints.
The prints in Tocar/Touch will be separated and shipped throughout the world for inclusion in the R&D Editions: Intersecting Methods 2016 Biennial Portfolio. In their new geographic locations, the prints will continue to function both independently and collectively across the barriers of geography, language, and culture.
Here is a video of Tocar/Touch: Glider active.
Check back in a week for another set of prints from the Intersecting Methods 2016 biennial portfolio.