Captain’s Log: An Installation in a Box by Katie Loesel
by Maison Kasini/Kasini House
Everything is wind.
This installation in a box contains twenty-seven cards one can arrange at their own discretion to recreate Katie Loesel’s Captain’s Log. The original Captain’s Log is a 7-foot installation of monoprints (oil-based intaglio inks on Johannot paper) that was completed in 2007. The abstracted landscapes map a journey through an imaginary utopia of land, sky, and water. In addition to reproductions of the prints on cards, the box contains instructions for recreating the installation on their own wall, bulletin board, rear car window, bathroom stall door, or other appropriate space.
Maps take us from the known to the unknown. They are created through a combination of actually being in a place, the memory of a place, and the stories passed along about a place. Katie Loesel’s Captain’s Log is the record of the artist’s journey through an imaginary and personal utopia. It is the map of that place.
Through the depiction of abstracted landscapes, the artist gives us markers of place as clues to the journey. The meeting of land, sky, and water create a wandering and floating sensation, a journey across horizons. The images forge a path and record fixed positions, but the journey is uncertain and the space is unknown. The presence and location of a destination are unsure, and that is exactly why the journey must continue--because of the possibilities of the unknown.
Loesel writes about her artmaking: “Events occur constantly, simultaneously, inside and outside of our consciousness. Aspects of space and time do not affect the existence of these events. Whether or not the events occur in real life or they are just imagined in the context of the mind, memory is the only thing that makes them real after they have happened. Memory can be seen in gesture, mark, and pathways. My work is what records these events, what keeps their memory, and allows them to grow. The cause and effect of each event are interconnected, nothing is totally alone. Space and place, forces, passageways, landscape, and mark depict the journey of memory and events over a period of time. Memory is a narrative, a history created by the mind.”
Captain’s Log is the cartography of creativity and a nifty multiple that brings installation art into your space.
Details: 7″x5.5″x1″ box with 27 cards of various dimensions and one 12″x12″ print with text | edition of 100 | signed and numbered by the artist | 2008
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