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Originals

TRAVELER'S TOPOGRAPHY I, II original paper collage

Originals

TRAVELER'S TOPOGRAPHY I, II original paper collage



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Description

Discarded vintage papers are trimmed, stacked and stapled, then each stack is deserted in the desert, mountains, and dry creek beds for years. I returned to collect this assembly of beautiful wind-worn, sand blasted papers made by nature, preserved as art. These pieces serves as a commentary on the intersection of humans and nature, whereby humans create an object and Nature, when left to her devices, carefully wears away at this object to soften it with her organic touch. 

  • Medium: vintage papers on wood
  • Size: 35.5" H x 35.5" W (framed)
  • Frame: wood frame with Museum Plexi
  • Hardware: ready to hang with wire on back

The Process

Several years ago, I travelled to dozens of small towns through out the west — rugged mountain towns, dusty prairie towns, towns with double digit populations. In these small villages, I collected discarded papers that I would find blowing around the street, then trimmed, stacked and stapled these fragments into small square booklets. Once I'd compiled several thousand booklets, it was time to send these little assemblages on the next leg of their journey. I ventured out again, placing each stack in the desert, in the mountains, in dry creek beds. And there I left them for years. Finally, I returned and collected those booklets I could find. Many were lost, destroyed, eaten by mice and insects, carried off by coyotes, blown away by the wind. But of those that were left, I was able to amass a collection of beautiful wind-worn, sand blasted papers that showed an organic edge. These pieces serves as a commentary on the intersection of man and nature, whereby man creates an object and nature, when left to her devices, carefully wears away at this object and softens it with her organic touch.

Understanding Limited Series

Each work in Dolan Geiman’s portfolio is unique and hand-crafted. Some are one-of-a-kind pieces while others are reiterations of a recurring theme, denoted as Limited Series throughout the site.

Each piece in a Limited Series is created with a inimitable collection of found materials so that no two are exactly alike. Iterations will vary slightly in color, pattern, typography and frame; each is crafted in a limited quantity and without a predetermined edition numbering.