Passages

Passages is a body of work consisting of interrelated parts. The project involves me performing orchestrated drives on Wisconsin’s alphabetically labeled county trunk highway system, based on a key excerpt from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road as my primary source material.  The drives took 71.5 total hours, broken up into 13 parts, and covered 2,786 miles of rural Wisconsin in order to spell one of On the Road’s most iconic passages: 

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or saya commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding likespiders across the stars.

Utilizing GPS technology, new mapping imagery emerged as evidence of Kerouac’s text being “written” in the landscape.  Additionally, a new landscape photograph was made to correspond with every lettered highway in order to produce a photographic “alphabet” portraying Southeastern Wisconsin’s rural geography.