Aircraft set image (Jurassic Age (of Computing))
Pencil, watercolor and China ink on Fine Art inkjet print on Hahnemühle etching paper
61 x 108 cm (24 1/8 x 42 1/2 in) (unframed)
81,5 x 127,5 x 4,5 cm (32 1/8 x 50 1/4 x 1 3/4 in) (framed)
David Claerbout's drawings are an integral part of his practice. Each of his projects is accompanied by a small number of drawings that function as a combination of preparatory studies, notes regarding problems encountered during film shootings, and reminders of conceptual issues arising throughout the production. As Claerbout once said: “drawing was what I was best at for putting ideas on paper.”
This drawing is from a new series employing a sequence of techniques that include drawing, watercolor, scanning, digital drawing, individual printing and drawing/watercolor into the printed image. This process is sometimes repeated multiple times.
The work draws on the imagery depicted in Claerbout's video Aircraft (F.A.L.). A hybrid representation that was created from film footage of an empty hangar and digital 3D modelling of plane, scaffolding and its surroundings. The central focus of the hangar scene is the airplane which is seen resting on an improvised wooden scaffolding, even as the ability of this structure to support it appears in doubt. In the video the airplane's glossiness adds an element of unreality: it is too shiny to seem "real." The drawing captures this discrepancy of textures.
Aircraft (F.A.L.) draws on historical photographs of factories in the United States during World War II. The title's parenthetical letters stand for Final Assembly Line.