Mirror Displacements (2016)
tempered glass circle with 9 inch mirrored square, art boards, pencil, vine charcoal
Tulum, Soliman Bay,
Quintana Roo, Mexico
A one-hour workshop/discussion drawing on Robert Smithson’s notion of the “non-site” and the concept of employing “dedifferentiated” attention—a merging of figure and ground, individual and landscape—to achieve a heightened experience of a space/site. We discuss Smithson’s project Incidents of Mirror-Travel in Yucatan as a “reflection” on the site, and enact our own drawing displacement as a group in relation to a mirror installed on site. Participants are asked to consider this atopia or non-place of reflection through a drawing session that will explore shodo-influenced drawing methods to promote a “dedifferentiated” experience.
Shodo, Japanese for calligraphy, is a drawing technique that combines breathing and meditation with the physical mark. We employ zen techniques as we begin to notice and then record our surroundings.