Carbon and drawing paper on basswood frame

Atmosphere encompasses the air surrounding a particular object or place, which implies a sort of negation to the built environment lying within it. Atmosphere can also be understood, however, as the air breathed out from a particular object or place, raising the question of the impact tangible and intangible environments can have upon one another.

An experiment in extracting and abstracting an atmosphere is examined here. A sandwich of drawing and carbon papers were taped down to various surfaces throughout Boston. Impressions upon the paper represent cars, bikes, and people that impacted it throughout the day. The hard nature of these surfaces is rendered weightless through their composition; floating like feathers off of the structure on which they are hung.



©2012 mandy johnson

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