Monday, January 16, 2017

Upcoming Map Events in early 2017

It's a bit of short notice, but for anyone in the NYC area, there will be a lecture at The American Folk Art Museum featuring several artists, including yours truly. The lecture will be from 10:00am-12:00pm this Thursday on January 19th. I'll be there and hope to see you too.

In other news about the map - there are plans to have parts of it displayed in Charleston, WV and at Stevens Point, WI in early spring of this year. I'll keep you posted with more information as it comes along!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

About those 1" square collage pieces

In my journal for 5.5.14 I wrote: "Switching to all 1" squares of collage (even Void and other dimensions)." I realized at the time that this was a huge undertaking. I calculated that to essentially pixelate the entire Map would require about 240,000 of the inch square collage pieces.

I did a spot check of my progress the other day. What I found was that the Map has been about 11.67% covered by the squares. This means that about 32,000 squares have been added. At the Map's current size 242,000 more squares are needed. I'd better get back to work! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Journal update

Today I'd like to share a page from the map's journal.

It's place where I can log the daily changes that the map undergoes as well as serve as a palette to test and mix different colors for the next day's panel. Like much of how the map is generated, the paint colors are picked systematically so that it changes which each iteration.

On another note, the map has returned safely from Aichi, Japan and now parts of it are headed to the Union Art Gallery at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. It will be a part of the Microcosms: The Imagined Realities of Art exhibition from November 18th through December 9th.

If you'd like to support the map, its updates, and its continued travels, see the Map ebay listings to check out what prints/originals/postcards are currently available. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Map Statistics!

For anyone out there who's curious about the size of the current map, here are some statistics I can share as of November 6, 2016:

  • Currently the map is composed of 3428 panels.
  • If all the panels are put together, it would be 48 feet wide by 52.5 feet tall.
  • The population of the map: 17,347,199
  • The number of voids: 73 
  • The void population: 13,600
  • The number of red dimensions: 7
  • The number of parishes: 36
  • The total number of cities: 509
  • The most populated city is Ukrainia with a population of 2,494,897.

Monday, October 31, 2016

A couple of reminders

Jerry's Map has an open invitation to other artists to contribute "guest" panels (like the one above donated by Meg Staley) to the Map. Any two-dimensional 8 by 10 inch image is welcome. The artist gives me permission to modify the image over time as I meld it with the body of the Map. The image is also photocopied onto label paper and collaged onto other parts of the Map. It's a great way to participate vicariously in international shows since guest panels travel with the rest of the Map! So, contact me! Send me some of your work!

My second reminder is to take a look at the offerings on Ebay and to start collecting my Map. The prices are very reasonable, and who knows where they will be in the future? You may be getting in on the ground floor of a great investment. And if that doesn't happen you will still take comfort in knowing that you own a piece of this unique art project!


Monday, October 17, 2016

First incursion of Black Ness!

October 17, 2016 will go down in Jerry's Map history as the date of the first occurence of Black Ness. Those of you who have been following the Map's progress know that the next higher Map dimension was projected to be Black Ness. The card drawn today indicated the next higher dimension for panel N6/W15. Red Dimension 2 had already superceded The Void on that panel. So, Black Ness 1 was next. The incursion spread to the neighboring three panels to the Northeast as well.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

The message

If you are able to connect all those snippets of inscription that are scattered throughout my Map you will know the story of my life. I have been cutting up and collaging in pieces of my journal as well as old letters. Let me know what you discover!