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Derek Stroup

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Substations - Project Notes. - If you cross the East River on the bridge to Roosevelt Island in New York City, you will see on your right an enormous substation for the power plant nearby. You may hear a faint hum, but most of the time the substation is a site of silent work. Nothing moves, but the business of transforming signals is taking place. Power enters the substation, something happens, a different kind of power leaves. Substations are places where complexity becomes visible. They are in-between points, neither generator nor consumer; they are where the signal changes, the voltage modified. As such, substations function as nodes in a transit system. I notice these substations next to other forms of transit: they are near rivers, highways, and railroads.
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The substations presented here are in the greater New York area. I started making these drawings in the spring of 2002 and the project is on going.
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Each of these drawings unfolds over the course of several days. I try to record every visible detail from photographs taken in the field. I start with a detail near the center of the page and proceed to the next adjacent one. As I draw, I am largely unaware of the illusion of three-dimensional space developing on the page. As I move from line to line, it seems more like I am making a map than making a drawing. The drawings unfold in a fairly direct way: the signal enters my eyes, something happens, a different kind of signal leaves my hand and rests on the paper.
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All Drawings are Ink on Paper, 22 x 30 in, 2002. - 1. - Asbury Park, New Jersey. 2. - Branchville, New Jersey. 3. - Brooklyn, New York. Near the Navy Yards. 4. - Long Island City, New York. 5. - Long Island City, New York. 6. - Long Island City, New York.
Derek Stroup
New York, NY
New York
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