Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Also on Etsy


In addition to Map prints and originals we are offering original instruction cards on Etsy. They're going for about $15 each, and there's a good selection available right now. Check it out!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

JerrysMap on Etsy!


Julie just finished stocking our new Etsy store, JerrysMap! Take a look! There are instruction cards, postcards, prints, and original panels. All proceeds from store sales go directly back into the production and showing of Jerry's Map. Thanks!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

More than you'd ever want to know about Jerry's paint rituals



I recently revised my system of paint mixing. The paints in the box, 35 of them, constitute the current Map palette. Those bottles queued up on the right are waiting to get blended into that palette. When the "Add new color" command comes up in the cards the next jar on the wait list gets added to the jar bearing that day's date. As much of is added as is needed to fill the dated jar to the neck. The altered jar gets shaken, and samples of the new color are recorded in my log book and painted onto the jar's cap.

This represents a fairly radical change from the old "Add new color" protocol. In that earlier version the new color was added to the palette jar nearest the new color in hue. That meant that changes to the palette were pretty subtle. Under the new rules a bottle of blue might be added to a current bottle of red or yellow. The results would be, as you can imagine, fairly dramatic.

The new protocol may result in a palette that consists of 35 shades of mud or taupe. That would cause me to rethink the whole process. We'll see!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Permanent homes for the Map



I am embarking on a project  to find permanent homes for Jerry's Map. Last year I donated 60 panels to the Aichi Prefectural Art Museum in Nagoya.  What I am proposing to do now is to give groups of 20 contiguous panels each (like the one pictured above) to as many as 150 museums worldwide. A major American museum in New York is currently in the process of accepting the first 20-panel gift.

As you probably know, because of the iterative process of creating the Map, there are several versions of it. Currently there are three complete sets and one partial one. The donated groups will come from what is known here in the studio as "Exhibition One," the oldest complete version. Sets 2 and 3 will remain available for shows.

If you know of a museum that would like to be considered for this project please contact us. We're open to suggestions!

Thank you.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A fresh invitation to artists


The image above is a panel which has been submitted by a "guest artist", Meg Staley. 

We invite all you artists out there to submit panels to Jerry's Map. Any two-dimensional image, roughly 8 by 10 inches, is eligible. When you submit an image you acknowledge that your work will be slowly overlaid by Jerry's work. In the meantime your image will be reproduced on label paper and used in collage throughout the Map. 

To date the work of 28 guest artists has been incorporated into the Map. Join them! Email us at gretzingermap@gmail.com for details.

Thanks!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The latest numbers



As of April 18, 2017 the Map incuded 3460 panels spanning 584 inches (or 48' 8") in width and 610" (50' 10") in height. Allowing for 1/2" between panels when mounted the Map would measure almost 52 feet wide by a little over 53 feet in height. There are now, in addition to the studio set of panels, three exhibition sets which each contain about 3000 panels. The total of all generation original panels is now 15,800.

The video on Vimeo has now been viewed 282,000 times and has received 2369 "likes". There are 399 Twitter followers who have "liked" the Jerrysmap tweets 1842 times. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A new invitation to artists


Are you an artist? Do you want to participate in Jerry's Map? Send us any 8 by 10 inch 2-D image, and we will put it in the stack waiting to be turned into panels of the Map. Just understand that, over time, your image (like the one above which was supplied by our friend, Chris Gill) will be obscured by the Map itself. In the meantime your image will also be turned into collage material which will be scattered across several panels. 

Questions? Ask us! Or simply send images to 9478 S. Maple City Road, Maple City, Michigan 49664.

Thanks!