a few words
Insight comes in odd ways when you’re a child. The cartoonist Stan Lynde created the cowboy comic strip Rick O’Shay in the late Fifties, and in it he drew a gunslinger named Hipshot Percussion. Hipshot was a bounty hunter, a confirmed loner, and, at heart, a transcendental mystic. When the regular townsfolk attended Sunday church services, Hipshot rode off alone into the mountains. Through him, Stan Lynde showed me a liberating perspective I did not get at home or in school, an approach that felt basic and honest and stuck with me even as those cartoon days receded into the past: an understanding that nature itself is divine.
Drawing has always been a way for me to make my own direct connection with nature. The involvement of tracing quick, calligraphic outlines helps me to connect and pulls me into details I would otherwise overlook. It is a method I have come to appreciate as one small example of groping towards a state of grace.
I began taking photography seriously during a year of solo travel in Asia. By necessity, I scrimped on film and planned ahead. The finite number of frames available in a roll of film were a kind of advantage, not a limitation, and going about the process in an intentional way resulted in images that gained in depth and meaning.
Much of my current work involves photography and digital image manipulation - deconstructing bitmaps, layering in vector tracings, integrating text fragments and random integers toward creating abstractions that play at seeing what there is to see.
I have been moved and influenced by the work of Cy Twombly, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Francis Picabia, Georges Seurat, Claude Monet, Eva Hesse, Agnes Martin, Robert Frank and Andre Kertesz to name a few. I was honored to meet and chat with John Cage, nevermind not quite knowing what to say. Innumerable conversations with Jasper Johns have touched me deeply. In the interplay of art and science, I am intrigued by the sensitive neurological drawings of Cajal, the brevity of Feynman diagrams, the random creativity explicit in chaos theory and the very workable notion that blind chance serves a useful purpose.
Please visit timtrompeter.net/overview/ for a deeper look at the scope of my work, including photography, assemblage, design, theatrical projections and web development.