Lee had an exhibit of some of his ‘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
On of the many things that preoccupies 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. At the time I was learning about the process of intaglio
etching. The following year I turned one of the studies into a 3-plate color etching, 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 have spent 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 observe landscapes with great frequency
through the windshield of a motor vehicle. The question set forth is: how does
one draw a moving landscape? 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.
These drawings were done in the summer of 2012 as my band set out across
Europe, and later America, to perform the songs from my 2012 album, Between
the Times and the Tides. The first series was done from the passenger seat of
Mercedes Sprinter Van as we traveled on the Autobahn across Germany, and
later into Denmark. The second series was created while driving across the
Eastern half of the United States, from Connecticut to Virginia, New York City to
Ohio. The third series was created in Nova Scotia, Canada, on the route from
Halifax to Cape Breton.
New York City
SOME DRAWINGS 2011-2013: