"Tetrahedral Kit, dunes", 2015, photograph
Gabriela Galvan flying Tetrahedral Kite at Casa Wabi, Oaxaca, Mexico. June 2015
N 15° W 97° is a series of work developed on the Oaxacan coast of Mexico. Six "primitive" kite forms, crafted out of black ripstop nylon and local palm dowels, provided the base tools for the discovery of the relationship of geometry to nature, figure to landscape, and self to place.
Before its occupation as a toy, the kite was used as a geographic tool for scientific research. Ensigns were flown as military signals, flight paths were used to calculate a path and track a person across mapped borders. In the 19th century, the discovery of non-Euclidean geometry suggested alternate or additional ways of visually- and spiritually- processing our surroundings, subverting the traditional renaissance tools of point, line and plane.
Ville de Tututepec de Melchor Ocampo, Oaxaca, Mexico, Summer 2015
"Cube Kite, gardens", 2015, photograph
"2015.07.27.13.06 (Cube)", 2015, wax on ripstop nylon, 60" x 39"
"Kite 20", 2015, digital video, 3:02 ort
"Flight Vectors, Study", 2015, ink on vellum over pencil on paper, 35-3/4" x 24"
"N 15º 56' W 97º 16' Kites)", 2015, charcoal and pencil on paper, 48-1/2" x 59-1/2"
all digital files ©2015 Yeni Mao Studio