David Tomas

First Contact

1990
Tomas's work focuses on the cultural implications of techniques of vision. In his photographed drawings he combines the usual associations of two techniques that involve quite different modes of representation. Whereas drawing normally represents space by means of manual marks on a surface, photography does so by suggesting a space beyond the surface of the photographic paper. What the photographed drawing establishes is a hybrid space in which the foreign spaceship hovers, representing all that is unknown.
Artist
Title
First Contact
Date
1990
Medium
Photograph
Materials
azo dye print (Ilfochrome)
Dimensions
124.9 x 200.6 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Gift of Sandra L. Simpson, Toronto, 1998
Accession number
39946