LOST HIGHWAY DRAWINGS

Following the exhibit of some of the ‘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 in 2013, a more extensive exhibition of these works opens at Galerie Jan Dhaese, Gent, Belgium and runs from March 30-May 4, 2014. A catalog which includes a CD with exclusive material will also be launched at the opening. The catalog is also available from Copyright Bookshop in Gent, Belgium, HERE.

Below, some notes and some images…

LEE RANALDO – LOST HIGHWAY DRAWINGS
SOME NOTES
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 a 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, along the west coast from Vancouver to San Diego, and in the northeast of India.

Lee Ranaldo
New York City
April 2013

SOME DRAWINGS 2011-2013:

Zaragoza-Barca 041813 11

Zaragoza-Barca 041813 10

Zaragoza-Barca 041813 09

Zaragoza-Barca 041813 05

work enroute 3 crop

to Sao Paulo 071913 2 crop

to Santos 072113 1 crop

To Chicago 052713 A

To Bloomington 052613 G

To Bloomington 052613 A

To Bilbao 042513  15

To Bilbao 042513  12

To Bilbao 042513  11

To Bilbao 042513  09 RECTO

To Bilbao 042513  08

To Bilbao 042513  05

To Bilbao 042513  02

to Araraquara 071813 11 crop

NOVA SCOTIA HWY DRAWINGS AUG2012 5C

lost highway snaps 112913 to valencia 0009

lost highway snaps 112913 to valencia 0008

lost highway snaps 112913 to valencia 0007

lost highway snaps 112913 to valencia 0006

lost highway snaps 112913 to valencia 0005

lost highway snaps 112913 to valencia 0004

lost highway snaps 112913 to valencia 0003

lost highway snaps 112913 to valencia 0002

lost highway snaps 112913 to valencia 0001

LOST HIGHWAY EUROPE NOV CROPS 023

LOST HIGHWAY EUROPE NOV CROPS 016

LOST HIGHWAY EUROPE NOV CROPS 014

LOST HIGHWAY EUROPE NOV CROPS 013

LOST HIGHWAY EUROPE NOV CROPS 012

LOST HIGHWAY EUROPE NOV CROPS 011

LOST HIGHWAY EUROPE NOV CROPS 010

LOST HIGHWAY EUROPE NOV CROPS 009

LOST HIGHWAY EUROPE NOV CROPS 008

LOST HIGHWAY EUROPE NOV CROPS 007

LOST HIGHWAY EUROPE NOV CROPS 005

LOST HIGHWAY EUROPE NOV CROPS 002

LOST HIGHWAY EUROPE NOV CROPS 001

Italy run drawings 8 crop

Italy run drawings 6 crop102413 Virginia  5C

102413 Virginia  4C

102413 Virginia  3C

102413 Virginia  2C

102413 Virginia  1C

101913 to Lawrence KS 5C

101913 to Lawrence KS 4C

101913 to Lawrence KS 3C

101913 to Lawrence KS 2C

101913 to Lawrence KS 1C

101813 Iowa 3 CROP M

101813 Iowa 2C

101813 Iowa 1C

101513 to Minneapolis 9C

101513 to Minneapolis 8C

101513 to Minneapolis 7C

101513 to Minneapolis 6C

101513 to Minneapolis 5C

101513 to Minneapolis 4C

101513 to Minneapolis 3C

101513 to Minneapolis 2 CROP

101513 to Minneapolis 1 CROP

101213 Hamilton ON to Detroit 6C

101213 Hamilton ON to Detroit 5C

101213 Hamilton ON to Detroit 3C
NOVA SCOTIA HWY DRAWINGS AUG2012 2C

NOVA SCOTIA HWY DRAWINGS AUG2012 1C

EAST COAST ROAD DRAWINGS AUG2012 XVIII

EAST COAST ROAD DRAWINGS AUG2012 XVI

EAST COAST ROAD DRAWINGS AUG2012 XIII

EAST COAST ROAD DRAWINGS AUG2012 XII

EAST COAST ROAD DRAWINGS AUG2012 X

EAST COAST ROAD DRAWINGS AUG2012 VIII

EAST COAST ROAD DRAWINGS AUG2012 VI

EAST COAST ROAD DRAWINGS AUG2012 IV

AUTOBAHN DRAWINGS JULY 2012 xxiv

AUTOBAHN DRAWINGS JULY 2012 xxiii

AUTOBAHN DRAWINGS JULY 2012 xviii

AUTOBAHN DRAWINGS JULY 2012 xv

AUTOBAHN DRAWINGS JULY 2012 xix

AUTOBAHN DRAWINGS JULY 2012 xiii

AUTOBAHN DRAWINGS JULY 2012 vii

AUTOBAHN DRAWINGS JULY 2012 iv

AUTOBAHN DRAWINGS JULY 2012 i

Route 95-Georgia (1977), 3 color, 3 plate etching

Route 95-Georgia (1977), 3 color, 3 plate etching

7 Responses to LOST HIGHWAY DRAWINGS

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  2. Lee,
    I really like your drawings and or sketches…that’s awesome you are having an exhibit about now for some of your art…
    Adam Gardell (http://www.facebook.com/adamhysteria/)
    Hysteria
    (FYI, if you vist my facebook page, you’ll find a mess of computer “scribble art”…may own artistic efforts are rather pathetic, but either way I enjoyed your page…and again, seriously my own measly artistic efforts are best as being described as “scribble art.”)

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  4. Shabb says:

    I met Lee somewhere around 2001 or 2002 in Berlin. After asking him if he would like to draw me a little doodle it came out something like the one with the minimalistic “TT” Bridge.
    Always loved that piece of Paper, Nice to see where it comes from.

  5. ricardo says:

    # 28, (to valencia?): looks like 405 North through Sepulveda Pass, Mullholland Drive bridge spanning the divide. I travel that way every day to school and back. Awesome work.

  6. david behl says:

    The drawing with windmills looks like you referenced Van Gogh’s style of pen and ink drawing. Was that on purpose? or does it reveal another layer of iconography?

  7. Nick says:

    love them!!! Really like the ones with looks like oil paint towards the bottom(the last long one I think). Also really love your past two albums!! They are getting me through a hard time in my life right now(just say no people!,ha)don’t know if you are reading this but been a very big fan of yours since 13 going on 26 now, saw you with Sonic Youth at Voodoo fest circa 2004 Nurse tour(got kicked outta the marching band while in HS because it was the same week as our competion, it was sooo worth it though, you guys kicked ass!!). Come to the south more often please!!! Somewhere, like say Hattiesburg, MS. But anyway, nice work!

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