the Franklin Party

This was a collaborative gallery experiment made with Philadelphia poet Jena Osman, based on her then poem-in-progress The Franklin Party. We did this while in residence together in 2003 at the La Napoule Art Foundation. A link to a more recent version of Osman’s poem is here.

The remaining drawings in this group were part of a cycle investigating the navigation of language and iconography, as filtered through the ill-fated 1848 Franklin Party expedition that attempted to navigate the Northwest Passage through the Arctic. As installed in the gallery, each sheet of paper (either a portion of the poem, or a drawing) functioned as something like an ice floe, shifting and transforming, against a dark, oceanic blue backdrop.

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1-fpdeparture.JPG
departure
ink on white A4 paper
11.75” h x 8.25” w
2003

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2.
2-fp-lat-long.JPG
latitudelongitude
ink on white A4 paper
11.75” h x 8.25” w
2003

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3.
3-fp-navigate.JPG
navigate
ink on white A4 paper
11.75” h x 8.25” w
2003

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4.
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en route
ink on white A4 paper
11.75” h x 8.25” w
2003

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5.
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the white north
printed image on white A4 paper
11.75” h x 8.25” w
2003

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6.
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mesial drift
ink on white A4 paper
11.75” h x 8.25” w
2003

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7.
7-fp-float-in-prologue.JPG
float in prologue
ink on white A4 paper
11.75” h x 8.25” w
2003

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8.
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27th letter
ink on white A4 paper
11.75” h x 8.25” w
2003

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9.
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ice
ink on white A4 paper
11.75” h x 8.25” w
2003

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10.
10-fp-terror-erebus.JPG
terror, erebus
ink and printed image on white A4 paper
11.75” h x 8.25” w
2003

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11.
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compass
ink on white A4 paper
11.75” h x 8.25” w
2003