We are pleased to share our collaborative practice with the Blend Studio community. The origins of this collaboration originate in our own art practices. For a number of years Luc Demers has been exploring the relationships of the blackboard image, impermanence of the night sky, and photography. Peter Precourt has utilized the iconography and visual language of the blackboard in his paintings exploring ideas surrounding knowledge and education. In working together we have developed a collaborative way of creating, working on the same pieces side-by-side and in secession, which explores our different and changing feelings about blackboard imagery and its waning cultural legacy.
Recently our collaboration has focused on photographs of the moon in the NASA archive. The images that we create have become a contemplative exercise, which reflects upon the connection between content and materials. We enjoy all of the implications that chalk drawings of the moon offer: drawings made of dust of the dusty rock orbiting our planet, the visual education of the moon through photography, the relationship of education from the chalkboard, and the seemingly eternal presence of the night sky rendered in dust so easily erased. Viewers and guests of Blend Studio are invited to become participants of PULL by drawing the current phase of the moon on the Moon Phase Chalk Board.