This should be extended up and out, to the 30-pointed star of the GPS system, a superstructure twenty-five thousand miles across that we are all living inside, even if its columns and pediments are invisible to the naked eye.
The work is made using computer code to draw, using an open source programming language to create the series of images. I set guidelines for the program to read GPS data, then interpret and process this data into the above set of moving images.
The work that I have made is deliberately not nature-based, that is it makes no attempt to imitate the gestures of drawing or painting to produce representations.
The work is informed by a number of 20th century art movements, from Constructivism and Suprematism, art movements that focused on fundamental geometric forms. Whose actions replaced identifiable brush marks with anonymous monotone surfaces, free lines with ruled lines and complexity with apparent geometric simplicity. Additionally the work is informed by the St Ives school of artists, like those of the British artists Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson. Artists who had a strong interest in seeking out and making use of geometric forms found within the lyrical landscapes, who drew inspiration from the science and mathematics of their day. They used theoretical models as new visual stimuli to develop fresh ways of thinking and working.
Also been reading up on Sol LeWitt and his Wall Drawings, which are done from a set of instructions he issued. With his Wall Drawings, he removed his hand from the production of his artwork. I see why he has been so influential an artist, as he has definitely chimed with my thoughts on the work I was seeking to make - of how I was creating the parameters through which the work would be created. There is an obvious connection with how I am creating parameters that then makes the work.
You see your TomTom will make mistakes, as human map-readers do. That doesn’t matter. What does matter is that, when you do end up lost or in a ditch, you swear at a small electronic box and not at your wife. The device is really a marital aid – an electronic scapegoat. Even at a time of plummeting property prices, £200 to avoid a divorce is probably a good call.
GPS Drawing project by Jeremy Wood is a map of London created from excursions over the city, presented in the Underground map style. Part of the ‘Mind the Map’ exhibition at the London Transport Museum.
Documentation of the project can be found on Jeremy’s website here