suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
clark THENHAUS: The “Terra Nullis; Delinquent Vernacular” drawing series chronicles 5 fictional characters throughout agrarian history, pairing drawings and narrative with various topics of research. The Jepeto Rambunctious drawings are 3′ to 6′ long ink-alchemy mixtures. Made of ink, water, salt, and wax Rambunctiouos’ drawings were developed as alternative organizational strategies intended to challenge the inelastic Jeffersonian grid of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
The inelasticity of the governmentally idealized grid allowed small occurrances, such as dust devils or erosion, to propagate non-linearly across the inelasticity of the rigidly applied grid, eventually collapsing the agrarian system as drought and localized disturbances grew unpredictably, propagated by the rigid division of land, to the regional scale (primary of which was the Dust Bowl). Rambunctious used a mixture of various inks and water, then applied salt as an attractor and wax as a repellent to create temporary organizations within a permanent system based on elastic boundaries through which local disturbances would be absorbed and dampened rather than mechanically deflected or rigidly defended. The drawings were analogue simulations of environmental effects, as opposed to scientific rule or calcuable measure. The drawings are more about sensing rather than deciphering. The full article, “Jepeto Rambunctious: The Inelastic Organizations of an Inelastic Mind” will be released in the upcoming volume of KERB, Plasticity Fantasticity published by RMIT Press and Rambunctious drawings will be on exhibition at RMIT in Melbourne, starting August 19th, 2010.