Seascape is based on 18 model ships made between October 1978 and March 1979. The models were made almost entirely from waste material (styrofoam scraps, paper, wire, wood etc.) left over from other projects or works. The models become increasingly sophisticated and, in a sense, document the process of learning to make better model ships.
Although the ships were never intended to be artworks they were elements in what became the "SEASCAPE" project.
Gettiing Better at Making Boats, 1979
Photo series of the ships sailing in a bathtub, March/April, 1979.
The 18 ships sailing on the Karlplatz pond, Vienna, May 1979.
(30 minute super8 film of the action by Karl Kowanz)
High Seas, 1980
On May 30, 1980, the 18 model ships were released in the Bacino San Marco, Venice, and sailed away forever.
|RICE PAPER COLLAGES
1980 - 1982
A series of large collages made of rice paper and acrylic medium based on a photograph taken in Venice as the models sailed away.