Site Projects 1980-1986
Collection of Museum of Modern Art, New York, Los Angeles, County Museum of Art and other instittuions
The Site Projects were the step between the purely photographic work of the late 70’s and early 80’s and the sculpture and installations that took precedent by 1989. The work is a philosophical response to “earthworks” sculptors like Smithson, Heizer and DeMaria. What issue was taken of these earthworks, were the destructive process: bulldozers marked and moved the earth to serve metaphorical purposes. The Site Projects used the site as a stage that left a dwindling trace of physical work there. An added temporal element that echoes in many works that take place during long camera exposures at night. These works deal with notions of power and scale; like Chinese landscapes, these works compared the scale of the human against the overarching embrace of the world, the stars and the galaxies.
Most projects began with drawings, some formalized instructions that could be reengaged at a later date or by the artist or others. This was in part, a response to the ephemeral nature of color print photography at the time. Now these works can be translated digitally and placed on paper with pigments for permanent display. The desired print size of the work has also grown over the years, starting at 18” x 18” and ending at 30” x 30” sometime in the early 1990’s.