Pioneers
The Old Mountaineers Tell Us That It Cannot Be Run

Pioneers

tintypes in custom inlaid walnut cases
10" x 4" x 1" open

2014
 


Pioneers is made in honor of a few contemporary American heroes of exploration and in the interest of drawing parallels between two distinct yet closely related narratives. Portraits of the Mercury Seven, Neil Armstrong of the New Nine, and John Casani with Voyager 2 are represented as tintypes and displayed in custom made wooden display cases, which feature inlaid artwork of each corresponding NASA mission patch on the interior and one of three relevant selected passages from John Wesley Powell's The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons (1875) on the front exterior. The decisions made in regards to the design of the boxes and the medium of the tintype pay homage to antique portraits of early American trappers, explorers, soldiers, mules, horses, and surveyors — all of whom were culturally revered in an almost identical light as astronauts and spacecrafts.

Made in collaboration with Lee Cody.

The Old Mountaineers Tell Us That It Cannot Be Run
And Now We Go on through This Solemn, Mysterious Way
We Are Now Ready to Start on Our Way Down The Great Unknown