On the back of every panel is its pedigree. This one, the first generation of S10/E16, was reformatted on December 8, 2004 and retired in 2014. It has been shown four times: at MASSMoCA in 2012, in Edinburgh over New Year's 2014, in Concord, Massachusetts in the Spring of 2014, and in Frankfort, Michigan earlier this year.
Since this morning I have been Tweeting each panel that the random cards called up. Pictured above is S14/E6, the fourth selection of the day. Most of you know by now that I use a modified deck of playing cards to tell me which panel to work on next. These cards also have some instructions which tell me what to do once I arrive at the new panel. This particular one presents some fresh problems since I have never modified an airport before. Let's see what happens!
With four more shows coming up in 2015 Tyler and I are constantly in a state of getting ready.
The next show, at the Thomas Cole House in Catskill, New York, will be part of "River Crossings," a major show of contemporary art curated by Stephen Hannock and inspired by the Hudson River and its nineteenth century school of landscape painting.
My Map will "wallpaper" the second floor landing of the house. Shown above is the template I made this afternoon of the wall area to be covered. When I am showing something less than the complete Map such templates help me position the segment to be shown so that key elements fall in prime focal areas of the venue. This one will place the city of Ukrainia in a key spot on the landing wall.
The show opens May 3 and will run through November 1 of this year. I hope to see you there!
In the meantime please take a look at the Map selections for sale on Ebay. Every dollar we make from these sales goes back into the production of this Map and its public showings. Thanks!
A big thanks goes out to director Steve Brown at the Oliver Art Center in Frankfort for mounting a beautiful show. Steve is a brave soul who scrounged the studio so that we could display many artifacts from the Map's early days; including the very first panel, original map plans, my card system and a cityscape drawing I did when I was 14 years old. As a counterpoint to my Map, the show also features the exuberant work of Kristine Harvey's students from the Frankfort schools.
It was a pleasure to see all who came out to the opening. If you haven't seen the show its up until April 10th. If you aren't in the area, maybe you will have the opportunity to see the upcoming exhibition at the Thomas Cole House in Catskill, NY, opening May 3rd.
In the summer of 1963 I began drawing a map of an imaginary city. The work started as a doodle done in the spare time I had while working at a tedious job. I continued to add to that map through the years until, in 1983, I set it aside to put my free time to other use.
The Map was stored in the attic of our home in Cold Spring, New York. It gathered dust. My son, Henry, found it one day while rummaging around. He brought it down to me and asked what it was. Seeing it then triggered me to dust it off and continue the project.
It now comprises almost 3100 individual eight by ten inch panels. Its execution, in acrylic, marker, colored pencil, ink, collage, and inkjet print on heavy paper, is dictated by the interplay between an elaborate set of rules and randomly generated instructions.