The Maps as Art: Exhibition and Book

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Brooklyn Day Dress by Meridith McNeal,
NYC Transit maps and mannequin

Christopher Henry and Katherine Harmon have co-curated a lovely show titled: Maps as Art. The show is meant to dovetail with the launch of Katherine Harmon’s new book, Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography.

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If you don’t recognize Katherine Harmon by name you will by her good works, Harmon has been steadily producing interesting art books out her Seattle-based, Tributary Books. Tributary has put out such titles as Blackstock’s Collections: The Drawings of an Artistic Savant and, keeping with the cartographic, You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination.

The Christopher Henry Gallery is a five year old exhibition space is located in a beautiful two story building (a former church?) just off of the Bowery in the Lower East Side. Firmly positioned in the vanguard of the migration of galleries away from the high rents of Chelsea, the Christopher Henry Gallery serves as a perfect example of why it’s totally charming to encounter art in a neighborhood that is not entirely an art mall.

The curatorial statement describe their exhibition:

In the guise of offering illumination, maps obscure. They purport to bring order to the fundamental chaos of life, promising clarity in the face of flux, and claiming knowledge of the unknowable. In their quest to demarcate our differences, they comfort us even as they give the lie to the notion of common experience.

The exhibition features work by Doug Beube, Matthew Cusick, Joshua Dorman, Jerry Gretzinger, Ingo Gunther, Jane Hammond, Emma Johnson, Karey Kessler, Joyce Kozloff, Hayato Matsushita, Meridith McNeal, Florent Morellet, Vik Muniz, Aga Ousseinov, Matthew Picton, Karin Schaefer, Dannielle Tegeder, Heidi Whitman, and Jeff Woodbury.

For many more images of the show, follow after the jump.

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Vik Muniz

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Fault Lines by Doug Beube

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Dannielle Tegeder, her futurist map drawings have got moxy!

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Hayato Matsushita

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This amazing book Parallel Optics Zoom +/- is by Doug Beube.

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Emma Johnson, Dislocation: British Isles

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Vest for a New World by Doug Beube

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And of course, this is the amazing Jane Hammond.

The show closes very soon (I guess everyone is headed to Miami with high hopes), but the book can be read at your leisure (which is why I’ve put it on my wish list, hint-hint).

If you are hungry for more information about this show, Listen to a podcast of this Brian Lehrer radio show on WNYC where he interviews Katherine Harmon.

And lastly, I wasn’t able credit all the work in this post, if recognize the artist’s work please let me know and I will update the post.

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4 Responses to “The Maps as Art: Exhibition and Book”

  1. The first image is mine:
    Meridith McNeal
    Brooklyn Day Dress
    NYC Transit maps and mannequin

  2. Emma says:

    The 11th image is mine:
    Emma Johnson
    Dislocation: British Isles
    (deconstructed atlas in box frame)

  3. amze says:

    Post updated, thank you for your help & your great work.

  4. Doug Beube says:

    Thanks for visiting the Map as Art exhibition. Here’s a list clarifying which images you recorded of my work; Fault Lines is the where pages appear to be braided, Parallel Optics for Zoom +/- uses condenser lenses, Vest for a New World is an antithetical suicide vest and the last image is Eroding Continents where the first map is of the USA. Hope this helps. Doug Beube