prints and drawings

SERIES   Thistles, Glyphs and Ciphers (2016 – ongoing)   pigment prints, dimensions variable
Visualize a transitional likeness of the natural world, no longer descriptive landscape, but information: palimpsests of pattern upon pattern; a fragmented topography; cross currents; an embrace of chaos and complexity; and, yet, almost inexplicably, the persistence of Beauty.

Each picture-building component in Thistles, Glyphs and Ciphers is a kind of signifier: bitmapped photo fragments; the suggestion of a semi-transparent, multi-layered surface; encryption integers; randomized text passages tracked into lattice structures; glyphic outlines of a text-based negative space; the ephemeral blossom as a metaphor for fecundity and affirmation. Categories take over, as each picture edges away from the particular and tilts toward a set of circumstances.

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Up Needs Down Like Down Needs Up (2017)
pigment print on paper with hand-inlaid white gold leaf, wooden dowel and embroidery floss – 36 x 56 inches framed.


A Jug of Flowers (2017) —– oil stick, gouache, graphite, pigment print on paper


SERIES   A Rake’s Progress (1992)
charcoal, india ink, coffee on BFK Rives paper – 22 x 30 inches unframed.


The Artificial Nature of Human Culture  Outskirts of Things (2018)


SERIES   The Artificial Nature of Human Culture (Garden Folio 01 – 2018)   pigment prints, dimensions variable



Transferal (1992)
laser transfer collage – 8 x 10 inches unframed.



Foreground Notes Dans la nature, l’éctriture (1994 – ongoing)
Finding proto-language written in the calligraphy of trampled grass… This long-term study – which includes drawings, video, photography and pigment prints – looks at natural details often overlooked or trodden underfoot. Each drawing sequence consists of rapid notations, a kind of syntax of seeing, while manipulated photos and video provide a visual record of place and detail. The tropes of descriptive landscape have lost the ability to surprise – the goal here is to freshen sight.

SERIES   Foreground Notes Splits and Script





Foreground Notes: Lineset Drawings — ink on handmade paper, custom-built hardwood lattice frames.
Scanned images of selected drawings (there are more than 1000 over all) are available as pigment prints.


SERIES   Foreground Notes Not Your Mother’s Rococco

Foreground Notes Land Skip Edge Render ( HD video loop )
A single column of pixels is extended from the edge of each of four digitally manipulated Foreground Notes landscape details in this silent, meditative study.


SERIES Foreground Notes: Vertical Scrolls


Four Ways to See Dewdrops (2004)


To see more, please visit Tim Trompeter’s art archives.

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