I have been exhibiting my ‘Lost Highway’ drawings – sketches done from the front seat of the tour van – over the last couple years. A catalog which includes a CD with exclusive material was published for my March 2014 show at Galerie Jan Dhaese in Gent, Belgium. The catalog is limited, and available for 20€ from Copyright Bookshop in Gent, Belgium, HERE.
LOST HIGHWAYS CATALOG (.pdf):
Below, some further notes and some images…
LEE RANALDO – 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 rushes past 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 world landscape. It seems a fact of modern life that we often find ourselves observe vistas 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 best responses are usually gestural, skeins of lines following the horizon, the shapes of the trees and the curve of the road – continuously overlaid upon itself, forming a kinetic image. Over time certain iconographic images developed, certain curves in the road, views through breaks in 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 2015, as I traveled across Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australia and 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 in a Ford Econoline, 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 northeast regions of India.
New York City