Kevin McCaffrey

Landscapes have always captivated me, and my work is a series of meditations on this genre. The body of my work consists of landscape drawings that present an intense and contemplative focus on the basic, generative elements of two dimensional art: point and line.
My explorations have led me to a unique kind of drawing: precise, redolent of the academic, yet based on subconsciously generated forms and landscapes that freely emerge from my subconscious in a playful dance of deliberation and surprise. Lines in my drawings wriggle minutely across the paper without preconceived direction, curving, spiraling, amassing and attenuating until eclectic, semi-representational forms take shape, interacting in fantastical atmospheres and strange settings, a technique derived from the psychic automatism of surrealist art.
Drawn mostly with ballpoint pens and graphite pencils, the figures are sometimes ethereal and few, and at other times squirm and proliferate with a dense, energetic rhythm. I sometimes use different colors of ink, but the use of color is muted and sparse.
Ultimately, my drawings form a convergence of several discourses: point and line as a generative geometry and cosmogony that survey the subconscious processes of the artist (the origin of individual consciousness as a metaphor for the origin of worlds). This survey emerges into a seemingly rational, cartographic context, one where the geography flows up from below, rather than one that is recorded from above. Here, the stage is set for micro-mythologies that pit elemental forces against each other, creating tensions both playful and tragic.