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Guide for Returning

Guide for Returning

Installed in Conveners at RedLine Denver
2016
Woodcut on kozo, vinyl sign
60" diameter, unfolded

Guide for Returning unfolds into a paper parachute that, in many iterations, can both interact with its environment and tell the story of a return to solid ground that might have happened just moments before. The parachute itself is printed all over, using woodcut, with billowing patterns from the red and white drogue chutes that slow the reentry of space capsules. The entire structure allows for a kinetic experience that is immediate but still seems to imply an action or journey that exists somewhere else on the timeline. It functions as the opposite of potential energy; it is the memory or evidence of a trajectory. 

Photo by Wes Magyar

Guide for Returning

Guide for Returning

Installed in Conveners at RedLine Denver
2016
Woodcut on kozo, vinyl sign
60" diameter, unfolded

GUIDE FOR RETURNING

Unfold parachute to occupy a space.

Unfold to describe your return to the Earth.

Unfold to signal for rescue.

Refold by joining letters in alphabetical order:
A to A, B to B, C to C, and so on.

Refold while anticipating air resistance.

Guide for Returning unfolds into a paper parachute that, in many iterations, can both interact with its environment and tell the story of a return to solid ground that might have happened just moments before. The parachute itself is printed all over, using woodcut, with billowing patterns from the red and white drogue chutes that slow the reentry of space capsules. The entire structure allows for a kinetic experience that is immediate but still seems to imply an action or journey that exists somewhere else on the timeline. It functions as the opposite of potential energy; it is the memory or evidence of a trajectory. 

Photo by Wes Magyar

Guide for Returning

Guide for Returning

Installed in Conveners at RedLine Denver
2016
Woodcut on kozo, vinyl sign
60" diameter, unfolded

Guide for Returning unfolds into a paper parachute that, in many iterations, can both interact with its environment and tell the story of a return to solid ground that might have happened just moments before. The parachute itself is printed all over, using woodcut, with billowing patterns from the red and white drogue chutes that slow the reentry of space capsules. The entire structure allows for a kinetic experience that is immediate but still seems to imply an action or journey that exists somewhere else on the timeline. It functions as the opposite of potential energy; it is the memory or evidence of a trajectory. 

Photo by Wes Magyar

Guide for Returning

Guide for Returning

Detail
2016
Woodcut on kozo, vinyl sign
60" diameter, unfolded

Guide for Returning unfolds into a paper parachute that, in many iterations, can both interact with its environment and tell the story of a return to solid ground that might have happened just moments before. The parachute itself is printed all over, using woodcut, with billowing patterns from the red and white drogue chutes that slow the reentry of space capsules. The entire structure allows for a kinetic experience that is immediate but still seems to imply an action or journey that exists somewhere else on the timeline. It functions as the opposite of potential energy; it is the memory or evidence of a trajectory. 

Guide for Returning

Guide for Returning

Installed in Conveners at RedLine Denver
2016
Woodcut on kozo, vinyl sign
60" diameter, unfolded

Guide for Returning unfolds into a paper parachute that, in many iterations, can both interact with its environment and tell the story of a return to solid ground that might have happened just moments before. The parachute itself is printed all over, using woodcut, with billowing patterns from the red and white drogue chutes that slow the reentry of space capsules. The entire structure allows for a kinetic experience that is immediate but still seems to imply an action or journey that exists somewhere else on the timeline. It functions as the opposite of potential energy; it is the memory or evidence of a trajectory. 

Photo by RedLine Denver

Guide for Returning

Guide for Returning

Installed in Conveners at RedLine Denver
2016
Woodcut on kozo, vinyl sign
60" diameter, unfolded

Guide for Returning unfolds into a paper parachute that, in many iterations, can both interact with its environment and tell the story of a return to solid ground that might have happened just moments before. The parachute itself is printed all over, using woodcut, with billowing patterns from the red and white drogue chutes that slow the reentry of space capsules. The entire structure allows for a kinetic experience that is immediate but still seems to imply an action or journey that exists somewhere else on the timeline. It functions as the opposite of potential energy; it is the memory or evidence of a trajectory. 

Photo by Hayley Krichels

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Woodcut
48" x 34"

Space is a Parachute

Space is a Parachute

2015
Etching
12" x 18"

This etching is part of Sphere of Existence, a juried portfolio organized by James Boyd Brent and Josh Bindewald for the 2015 SGC International Conference at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. The nineteen artists in the portfolio addressed their own relationship with the world using the format and dimensions of Martin Waldseemuller’s 1507 gore map of the Earth. Waldseemuller’s two-dimensional print could be attached to a three-dimensional sphere, thereby creating a spherical representation of the geographical knowledge of his day. Each artist in the portfolio mapped their own sphere, inspired by the original prototype. 

Space is a Parachute is part of my initial investigation of the visual and narrative possibilities of parachutes. I stretched the gore map past its practical function by assuming that if the interior of the gores could be used to create a model of the Earth, then the negative space around the gores should be used to create a model of outer space. Interestingly, if that model is actually assembled, it starts to create an inverted toroidal form, which evokes shapes associated with many existing models of the universe. It also looks like two parachutes (which are also assembled from gores) back-to-back.

Guide for Returning

Installed in Conveners at RedLine Denver
2016
Woodcut on kozo, vinyl sign
60" diameter, unfolded

Guide for Returning unfolds into a paper parachute that, in many iterations, can both interact with its environment and tell the story of a return to solid ground that might have happened just moments before. The parachute itself is printed all over, using woodcut, with billowing patterns from the red and white drogue chutes that slow the reentry of space capsules. The entire structure allows for a kinetic experience that is immediate but still seems to imply an action or journey that exists somewhere else on the timeline. It functions as the opposite of potential energy; it is the memory or evidence of a trajectory. 

Photo by Wes Magyar

Guide for Returning

Installed in Conveners at RedLine Denver
2016
Woodcut on kozo, vinyl sign
60" diameter, unfolded

GUIDE FOR RETURNING

Unfold parachute to occupy a space.

Unfold to describe your return to the Earth.

Unfold to signal for rescue.

Refold by joining letters in alphabetical order:
A to A, B to B, C to C, and so on.

Refold while anticipating air resistance.

Guide for Returning unfolds into a paper parachute that, in many iterations, can both interact with its environment and tell the story of a return to solid ground that might have happened just moments before. The parachute itself is printed all over, using woodcut, with billowing patterns from the red and white drogue chutes that slow the reentry of space capsules. The entire structure allows for a kinetic experience that is immediate but still seems to imply an action or journey that exists somewhere else on the timeline. It functions as the opposite of potential energy; it is the memory or evidence of a trajectory. 

Photo by Wes Magyar

Guide for Returning

Installed in Conveners at RedLine Denver
2016
Woodcut on kozo, vinyl sign
60" diameter, unfolded

Guide for Returning unfolds into a paper parachute that, in many iterations, can both interact with its environment and tell the story of a return to solid ground that might have happened just moments before. The parachute itself is printed all over, using woodcut, with billowing patterns from the red and white drogue chutes that slow the reentry of space capsules. The entire structure allows for a kinetic experience that is immediate but still seems to imply an action or journey that exists somewhere else on the timeline. It functions as the opposite of potential energy; it is the memory or evidence of a trajectory. 

Photo by Wes Magyar

Guide for Returning

Detail
2016
Woodcut on kozo, vinyl sign
60" diameter, unfolded

Guide for Returning unfolds into a paper parachute that, in many iterations, can both interact with its environment and tell the story of a return to solid ground that might have happened just moments before. The parachute itself is printed all over, using woodcut, with billowing patterns from the red and white drogue chutes that slow the reentry of space capsules. The entire structure allows for a kinetic experience that is immediate but still seems to imply an action or journey that exists somewhere else on the timeline. It functions as the opposite of potential energy; it is the memory or evidence of a trajectory. 

Guide for Returning

Installed in Conveners at RedLine Denver
2016
Woodcut on kozo, vinyl sign
60" diameter, unfolded

Guide for Returning unfolds into a paper parachute that, in many iterations, can both interact with its environment and tell the story of a return to solid ground that might have happened just moments before. The parachute itself is printed all over, using woodcut, with billowing patterns from the red and white drogue chutes that slow the reentry of space capsules. The entire structure allows for a kinetic experience that is immediate but still seems to imply an action or journey that exists somewhere else on the timeline. It functions as the opposite of potential energy; it is the memory or evidence of a trajectory. 

Photo by RedLine Denver

Guide for Returning

Installed in Conveners at RedLine Denver
2016
Woodcut on kozo, vinyl sign
60" diameter, unfolded

Guide for Returning unfolds into a paper parachute that, in many iterations, can both interact with its environment and tell the story of a return to solid ground that might have happened just moments before. The parachute itself is printed all over, using woodcut, with billowing patterns from the red and white drogue chutes that slow the reentry of space capsules. The entire structure allows for a kinetic experience that is immediate but still seems to imply an action or journey that exists somewhere else on the timeline. It functions as the opposite of potential energy; it is the memory or evidence of a trajectory. 

Photo by Hayley Krichels

Return

Woodcut
48" x 34"

Space is a Parachute

2015
Etching
12" x 18"

This etching is part of Sphere of Existence, a juried portfolio organized by James Boyd Brent and Josh Bindewald for the 2015 SGC International Conference at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. The nineteen artists in the portfolio addressed their own relationship with the world using the format and dimensions of Martin Waldseemuller’s 1507 gore map of the Earth. Waldseemuller’s two-dimensional print could be attached to a three-dimensional sphere, thereby creating a spherical representation of the geographical knowledge of his day. Each artist in the portfolio mapped their own sphere, inspired by the original prototype. 

Space is a Parachute is part of my initial investigation of the visual and narrative possibilities of parachutes. I stretched the gore map past its practical function by assuming that if the interior of the gores could be used to create a model of the Earth, then the negative space around the gores should be used to create a model of outer space. Interestingly, if that model is actually assembled, it starts to create an inverted toroidal form, which evokes shapes associated with many existing models of the universe. It also looks like two parachutes (which are also assembled from gores) back-to-back.

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