Bottomless Lakes of Michigan

Illustration // Tuesday, 10 May 2011
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Bizarre scenes of spec­i­mens in old sci­en­tific vol­umes were com­monly recorded third or fourth hand from far-off reports or expe­di­tions. By the time these printed forms reached their audi­ences, they were often wildly dif­fer­ent than their orig­i­nal descrip­tions. Todd Freeman's etch­ings are rooted in the tra­di­tional lan­guage of these tax­onomies; clean float­ing pre­sen­ta­tions that grant their sub­jects plenty of room for exam­i­na­tion. The sim­ple yet sharply author­i­ta­tive for­mat can val­i­date even the most implau­si­ble sub­jects. His prints draw their mate­r­ial from both the nat­ural and super­nat­ural king­doms. They ref­er­ence sto­ries of alleged anom­aly and legit­i­mate mar­vels, and serve as inert swatches from the nat­ural world.
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