Working images for Erik Bakke's Wrights, California Series. The first two images are of a landscape immediately above the ghost town of Wrights. Around 1880, in Wrights, 32 chinese workers died in a gas explosion as they were digging a railroad tunnel. For further information about Wrights see Wrights info on Wikipedia or go to 37°08′21″N 121°56′45″W.
This series indirectly explores California history and immigration history and, like with previous series, water figures into the discussion. Recent battles between San Jose Water and the current local residents; historical battles and considerations of local phenomena like fog and its import for the local landscape are considered. As part of this historical investigation Chinese landscape paintings, particularly those of the Wu School, are used in part for models.
The Wrights series will include large formate photographs, a wide variety of drawings and paintings ranging in size from 6 x 4 feet to 12 by 20 feet.
These two landscapes taken just above the ghost town of Wrights are nearly identical. They will be shown as part of the Wrights series as large prints in the form of a diptych.
These drawings are made after the photographs. They are part of the Wrights series and will be used in other related works and this imagery will be used in the final large paintings.