“Unbound” opens March 14th at the Julie Saul Gallery
Our bodies are bound to earth by gravity. We imagine our “souls” will eventually drift away from our bodies … and that we will be unbound. Small wonder that we fly in our dreams and that heaven is always thought of as up.Most of the time we experience the world with the horizon as our reference. In my new work, I wish to evoke the feeling of floating ungrounded, to transport the viewer to a place not bound by gravity, and to escape the constraint of our usual horizon-oriented experience.
To achieve this, I often use a vertical format and no definable horizon. And because flight of any kind (including out-of- body travel) is a narrative event, I’ve composed several new works as diptychs and triptychs. These cinematic “image poems” were initially influenced by Asian scrolls and screens which have always had a strong allure for me. Asian scrolls and screens have epic intentions, the ability to condense images of a large world into intimate space, and a deep reverence for nature, all of which are issues I explore.
In Unbound, clouds, airplanes, and contrails (evidence of a plane’s passage) figure prominently. I imagine planes as poetic objects, heavy metal bodies, which appear to float with ease. Clouds, which can contain literally tons of water, also appear weightless. Clouds, airplanes and contrails share the airspace we inhabit when we are unbound. If they can escape the constraints of gravity, why shouldn’t we?
Images courtesy of the Julie Saul Gallery
Text courtesy of Sally Gall