Concept Art Gallery • September 8 - October 7, 2012
Jarzynka selected Ryan Woodring's Plane Spotting series to be showcased as part of this exhibition celebrating 40 Years of Concept Art Gallery.
Each piece in this series is a collage of nearly one hundred large drawings - each made from photographs taken on four separate days of plane-spotting at the Pittsburgh International Airport.
Stacking these drawings upon one another creates three dimensionality but also erases a great amount of detail present on each layer. Through an excavation process, Woodring attempted to recover forgotten planes, but could only bring them to the surface by destroying the drawings that masked them. This is the part of the process that Woodring thinks most parallels our submissive relationship to time and place: each runway we approach leaves thousands of others waiting for a landing.
While daily life is magnetized in favor of routine, airports suggest an overwhelming limitlessness and interchangeability to our body’s coordinates. Woodring set about to condense to a day’s worth of runway activity in order to feign omniscience - his ability to witness the coming and going of all these planes is a result of being in one place. He is interested in the impossibility of taking two simultaneous flights, and as a result, all of the lives that we are one flight away from living.