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Drawn freehand on a computer, my drawings do not contain photographs or scanned material. A hybrid process, my practice brings together the opposite notions of handmade and technological, of organic and mechanical, of physical and virtual. My works may be interpreted as models for planned communities or as views of fictional suburbs, referring to the dual role of the computer as a tool for urban planning as well as image capture. At the intersection of mapping and landscape art, my images use an aerial viewpoint, providing distance and combining the abstract qualities inherent in maps with the descriptive powers of landscape art. In addition, these invented suburbs exaggerate existing situations and drive the subject matter into the investigative field of science fiction. Examining the relation between design and actual lived experience, the works subvert the apparent rationality of urban design, exposing conflicts that lurk beneath the surface. Beyond the suburban example, these digital drawings are a way of thinking about design, the city and society as a whole.
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Ross Racine is an artist living in Montreal (Quebec), Canada, and New York. Racine's works are drawn freehand on a computer; no photographs are used in the process. These drawings of aerial views use the distant, perpendicular mode of viewing for its reflective capabilities as a way of thinking about design, the city and society in general. His prints have been shown in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Canada and Europe, most recently at the Des Moines Art Center, the Künstlerhaus (Vienna, Austria), the International Print Triennial (Katowice, Poland), the Koffler Centre Gallery (Toronto), the International Print Center (New York) and the Front Room Gallery (New York). A selection of Racine's prints has won the biennial prize at the 2011 Biennale internationale de Gravure contemporaine in Liège, Belgium. His work is in several collections, including the New York Public Library Print Collection, the Des Moines Art Center, the Johnson & Johnson collection and the Hallmark collection.