The pressures of driving in Los Angeles, moving at times very slowly, inch by inch,
or being at a standstill, entice me to closely observe the roadways. Though trapped
in the pressures of the present,I become aware of time passing, for I see impressions
in the road left by past incidents that will eventually fade or be altered.
Thematically, these works are about the hidden wonders that I find in unexpected
places, such as highways, streets, and parking lots. Close and repeated observation
reveals asphalt landscapes that form compositions of painted lines, odd markings,
scrapes etched into the ground, and - - best of all - - tread marks and skids
randomly layering the asphalt like ink on paper.
These works reflect my focus of the exploration in alternative printmaking
techniques. I shot the photos that form the basis for these ink-jet prints with an
SLR Nikon D40X, using zoom and wide angle lenses.
The images were first cropped and manipulated using Photoshop; some were
further altered by printing on them with a variety of inked car/truck/bicycle tires,
and/or hand-cut stencils; some were hand-embellished.
P.S.I. (pressure per square inch): term for the calibration of pressure required in the various forms of printmaking
P.S.I. (pounds per square inch): term for the pressure required to inflate a tire
P.S.I./B.W. (pounds per square inch of body weight): term for the pressure required to push an inked tire across a paper image