Travels through Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/8/05

For a number of years the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has had a relationship with the Austrian government where SAIC hosts one Austrian artist to spend the summer in Chicago and in turn SAIC selects two faculty to spend 4-5 weeks in Krems, Austria as part of the Krems AIR Program. I was one of two faculty chosen for the summer of 2005 and arrived in Krems on Monday July, 25th in the late afternoon on a dark and stormy day. Prior to arriving in Krems-Stein, I had worked on a project for 3 years where I diagramed my memory of my daily travels through Chicago every night which became, Ant Farm Selfportrait Series: Where did I travel within the Chicago city limits from mid-February through early March in the years 1999-200-2001?. This project consisted of over 120 works including an Artist’s book of the project. I was also known for drawing on maps related to travels in other cities and my goal was to never make a map-like related work again and to use the Krem AIR Residency as a time to work on some previous projects while drawing and studying the local landscape in relation to the river. On my arrival I became sensitive to the pulse of the river and its place in forming the two small towns of Krems-Stein that to me became one and this brought me back to Chicago and its relationship to the river and the lake and how that was of great interest to me. I also realized that all of my previous map projects had prepared me to take advantage of my 4 weeks in at the Krem AIR Program to explore the area represented on the Tourists maps given out at the local Tourists office. At the end of each day I would document where I went and the path taken by making drawings on tracing paper as a travel journal of that days activity. For this project I decided not to list locations but to take this information and make one drawing on its own tourist map for each day that I spent in Krems-Stein over the next year when I returned home to Chicago. The drawings were made by defining the pathway taken by building up marks of black ink around the path taken. When all 25 drawings are shown together on a wall in a grid, it becomes clear that you are looking at a visual travel journal that presents each days pathway as an individual shape that when read together makes sense in relation to the map. The 5 drawings on maps that are present under plexi vitrines on a table are images made by a combination of days that are listed in the title. Michael x. Ryan Spring 2015

Detail view of Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/8/05
 
Baron and Ellin Gordon Galleries at Old Dominion University, "On the road at the water's edge"
July 18 - September 19, 2009

Detail view of Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/8/05 

Baron and Ellin Gordon Galleries at Old Dominion University, "On the road at the water's edge"
July 18 - September 19, 2009
 
 

Detail view of Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/8/05

Baron and Ellin Gordon Galleries at Old Dominion University, "On the road at the water's edge"
July 18 - September 19, 200

Detail view of Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/8/05 (travel notebook)

Baron and Ellin Gordon Galleries at Old Dominion University, "On the road at the water's edge"
July 18 - September 19, 2009
 
Detail view of Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/8/05 (travel notebook)

Baron and Ellin Gordon Galleries at Old Dominion University, "On the road at the water's edge"
July 18 - September 19, 2009
Detail view of Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/8/05 

Baron and Ellin Gordon Galleries at Old Dominion University, "On the road at the water's edge"
July 18 - September 19, 2009
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/08/05 (week #1 - day #1 - 25/7/05)
Ink on tourist map pinned to wood panel
2008
panel: 11" x 27" x .75" / map: 8" x 23.50"
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/08/05 (week #1 - day #2 - 26/7/05)
Ink on tourist map pinned to wood panel
2008
panel: 11" x 27" x .75" / map: 8" x 23.50"
 
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/08/05 (week #1 - day #3 - 27/7/05)
Ink on tourist map pinned to wood panel
2008
panel: 11" x 27" x .75" / map: 8" x 23.50"
 
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/08/05 (week #1 - day #4 - 28/7/05)
Ink on tourist map pinned to wood panel
2008
panel: 11" x 27" x .75" / map: 8" x 23.50"
 
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/08/05 (week #1 - day #5 - 29/7/05)
Ink on tourist map pinned to wood panel
2008
panel: 11" x 27" x .75" / map: 8" x 23.50"
 
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/08/05 (week #1 - day #6 - 30/7/05)
Ink on tourist map pinned to wood panel
2008
panel: 11" x 27" x .75" / map: 8" x 23.50"
 
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/08/05 (week #1 - day #7 - 31/7/05)
Ink on tourist map pinned to wood panel
2008
panel: 11" x 27" x .75" / map: 8" x 23.50"
 
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/08/05 (week #1 - days #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 - 25/7/05 - 31/7/05 )
Ink on tourist map
2008
8" x 19.5"
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/08/05 (week #2 - day #8 - 01/8/05)
Ink on tourist map pinned to wood panel
2008
panel: 11" x 27" x .75" / map: 8" x 23.50"
 
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/08/05 (week #2 - day #9 - 02/8/05)
Ink on tourist map pinned to wood panel
2008
panel: 11" x 27" x .75" / map: 8" x 23.50"
 
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/8/05 (week #2 - day #10 - 03/8/05)
Ink on tourist map pinned to wood panel
2008
panel: 11" x 27" x .75" / map: 8" x 23.50"
 
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/8/05 (week #2 - day #11 - 04/8/05)
Ink on tourist map pinned to wood panel
2008
panel: 11" x 27" x .75" / map: 8" x 23.50"
 
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/8/05 (week #2 - day #12 - 05/8/05)
Ink on tourist map pinned to wood panel
2008
panel: 11" x 27" x .75" / map: 8" x 23.50"
 
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/8/05 (week #2 - day #13 - 06/8/05)
Ink on tourist map pinned to wood panel
2008
panel: 11" x 27" x .75" / map: 8" x 23.50"
 
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/8/05 (week #2 - day #14 - 07/8/05)
Ink on tourist map pinned to wood panel
2008
panel: 11" x 27" x .75" / map: 8" x 23.50"
 

Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/08/05 (week #2 - days #8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 - 01/8/05 - 07/8/05 )
Ink on tourist map
2008
8" x 19.5"
 
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/8/05 (week #3 - day #15 - 08/8/05)
Ink on tourist map pinned to wood panel
2008
panel: 11" x 27" x .75" / map: 8" x 23.50"
 
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/8/05 (week #3 - day #16 - 09/8/05)
Ink on tourist map pinned to wood panel
2008
panel: 11" x 27" x .75" / map: 8" x 23.50"
 
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/8/05 (week #3 - day #17 - 10/8/05)
Ink on tourist map pinned to wood panel
2008
panel: 11" x 27" x .75" / map: 8" x 23.50"
 
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/8/05 (week #3 - day #18 - 11/8/05)
Ink on tourist map pinned to wood panel
2008
panel: 11" x 27" x .75" / map: 8" x 23.50"
 
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/8/05 (week #3 - day #19 - 12/8/05)
Ink on tourist map pinned to wood panel
2008
panel: 11" x 27" x .75" / map: 8" x 23.50"
 
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/8/05 (week #3 - day #20 - 13/8/05)
Ink on tourist map pinned to wood panel
2008
panel: 11" x 27" x .75" / map: 8" x 23.50"
 
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/8/05 (week #3 - day #21 - 14/8/05)
Ink on tourist map pinned to wood panel
2008
panel: 11" x 27" x .75" / map: 8" x 23.50"
 
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/08/05 (week #3 - days #15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 - 08/8/05 - 14/8/05 )
Ink on tourist map
2008
8" x 19.5"
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/8/05 (week #4 - day #22 - 15/8/05)
Ink on tourist map pinned to wood panel
2008
panel: 11" x 27" x .75" / map: 8" x 23.50"
 
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/8/05 (week #4 - day #23 - 16/8/05)
Ink on tourist map pinned to wood panel
2008
panel: 11" x 27" x .75" / map: 8" x 23.50"
 
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/8/05 (week #4 - day #24 - 17/8/05)
Ink on tourist map pinned to wood panel
2008
panel: 11" x 27" x .75" / map: 8" x 23.50"
 
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/8/05 (week #4 - day #25 - 18/8/05)
Ink on tourist map pinned to wood panel
2008
panel: 11" x 27" x .75" / map: 8" x 23.50"
 
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/08/05 (week #4 - days #22, 23, 24, 25 - 15/8/05 - 18/8/05 )
Ink on tourist map
2008
8" x 19.5"
Where did I travel within the city limits of Krems-Stein from 25/7/05 - 18/08/05 (week #1, 2, 3, 4 - days #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 - 25/7/05 - 18/8/05 )
Ink on tourist map
2008
8" x 19.5"
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