PAINTING TO SEE THE ROOM
"Drill a small, almost invisible, hole
in the center of the canvas
and see the room through it."
|Hudson River view from Olana, Hudson, NY|
What is it that draws us to any one particular place in the landscape...and how to direct attention or mindful intention to this location. The Hudson River school of luminous landscape paintings were masters of detail and observation and Church was considered one of the best landscape painters of his time. Driven by the transcendental philosophy of that time, writers and painters believed an individual's knowledge and experience could go beyond the self and visible world to gain a closer understanding of the spiritual, which could be found in nature.
How does one define what it feels and looks to be, in nature, on the landscape, in one's body, with more than seeing with the eyes? How does one expand seeing and feeling a place in the kind of close-up looking and intimate touching, the kind that occurs between lovers or parents and infants?
Deleuze and Guattari have named this experience as smooth space, "the space of the smallest deviation...a space of contact of small tactile or manual actions of contact." We are intimately linked to the earth; bodies inhabit places and places are lived through and by our bodies. Earth retains memory of the past invisible to us. When body and place are intermeshed with intention, the result is mapping in a powerful way.
My engagement with earth acupuncture is to create an invisible map through material substance. Utilizing a holistic perception of the forces in these substances; copper, iron, placement, intention, I arrange the copper needles/poles in particular patterns according to the philosophy of Jin Shin Jyutsu energy balancing patterns.
The construction and drilling work of De Maria's The Vertical Earth Kilometer, in Kassel Germany, took 79 days and cost $750,000.
Cards, 2007 - Ian Whittlesea
Ink on card
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