The Site Projects were the step between the my purely photographic work of the late 70’s and early 80’s and the sculpture that was to take precedent by 1989.  The work was a philosophical response to “earthworks” sculptors like Smithson, Heizer and DeMaria.  What issue was taken, was the  destructive process (I mean this in digital terms, where the original is destroyed as a piece of data is constructed); bulldozers marked and moved the earth to serve their metaphorical purposes.
The Site Projects used the site as a stage that left a dwindling trace of my work there.  I added a temporal element that was echoed in many works that took place during long camera exposures at night.  These works dealt with notions of power and scale; like Chinese landscapes, these works compared the scale of the human against the overarching embrace of the world, the stars and the galaxies.

Most projects began with drawings, some formalized instructions that could be reengaged at a later date or by myself or other artists.  This was, in part, a response to the ephemeral nature of color print photography at the time. Now these works can be translated digitally and placed on paper with pigments for permanent display.  The desired print size of the work has also grown over the years, starting at 18” x 18” and ending at 30” x 30” sometime in the early 1990’s.  I have engaged larger sizes now that these are translated to digital media.


Site Projects  1980-1986

Lewis deSoto