EXHIBITION, CONCERT, READING, STREET ACTIVITY, PARTY, PERFORMANCE, THEATRE PIECE, LECTURE, SCREENING, ETC.
JOB, WORKSHOP, INTERNSHIP, COLLABORATION PROJECTS, JOINING A BAND, RESIDENCY, WANTED PROFESSIONAL, ETC.
ARTWORK, PIECE OF MUSIC, VIDEO, PIECE OF POETRY, ILLUSTRATION, SERIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS, CORPORATE DESIGN, ETC.
My subject matter for large-scale drawings evolves from pictures I find on the Internet. This project relates to the Alps, a mountain range that is vast, quickly recognizable yet so generic. Decorating postcards and a source of stock photography, images of the mountain range are distinct, no peak unique, yet washed out by their ubiquity. The proliferation of images has desensitized us to what was once sublime.
Vor den Alpen is a series of drawings of various sizes featuring the same section of the Alps. These drawings are distinct from previous work in that I am working from a mix of sources: photos I took myself along with stock imagery of the Alps. I’m drawing landscapes I personally experienced and landscapes that proliferate the Internet. In the rendering, clues to place are diminished, and the image loses its uniqueness, as it does online, emerging as an image selected among thousands or hundreds of thousands of results from the keyword.
Through drawing, I am parsing the overabundance of images that have created this complicated sense of witnessing the world. Distilling an image, searching through the noise of common stock imagery, I seek to isolate a moment, make it larger, and command our attention once again.
Drawings pictures are all 70 cm x 100 cm. (c) 2017 Kika Jonsson