I had an exhibit of some of my ‘Lost Highway’ drawings – sketches done from the front seat of the tour van over the last couple years – at Galeria Pedro Oliveira in Porto, Portugal, 27 April-8 June, 2013. More of these works will be included in a solo show at Jan Dhaese Gallery, Gent, Belgium in March 2014. Below, some notes and some images…
LEE RANALDO 2012 LOST HIGHWAY DRAWINGS
One of the many things that has always preoccupied me with drawing is capturing landscape. As one who travels a great deal, I value the quick sketch made of an interesting vista. The Lost Highway series of drawings continue to develop an interest of mine which began in the late 70s, namely how to capture the landscape as it rolls by the window of a moving car – that elemental vehicle of the Twentieth Century. In 1976, while still an art student, I did some highway/landscape sketches out the front window of a van as a friend and I rolled down the East Coast from New York to Key West, Florida and back. At the time I was learning about the process of intaglio etching. I turned one of the studies into a 3-plate color etching while studying multi-plate, multi-color tequniques, Route 95—Georgia. Little did I know Iʼd still be doing similar work – drawing rolling highways – more than 30 years later.
We as a culture spend so much of our time in cars, and as a traveller and touring musician, I spend additional long periods of time traveling by car, van, truck or bus, crisscrossing the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia and elsewhere. It seems a fact of modern life that we often find ourselves observe landscapes through the windshield of a motor vehicle. The question I set forth for myself is: how does one draw a moving landscape? It’s like trying to draw a rushing river. My first responses were gestural, skeins of lines following the horizon, the curve of the road and the shapes of the trees, continuously overlaid upon itself, forming a kinetic image. Over time certain iconographic images developed, certain curves in the road, views through breaks in the trees that were seen over and over again, no matter where one was traveling. The road, like the river, is ever changing and ever the same.
The drawings on this page were done between the summer of 2012 and the end of 2013, as my band The Dust set out across Europe, North and South America, and even India. A series done from the passenger seat of Mercedes Sprinter Van as we traveled on the Autobahn across Germany, and into Denmark. Another created while driving through the Eastern United States, from Connecticut to Virginia, New York City to Ohio. Later series track routes in Nova Scotia, Canada, on the route from Halifax to Cape Breton, through Spanish deserts, and south along the west coast from Vancouver to San Diego.
New York City
SOME DRAWINGS 2011-2013: