I'm writing from the studio here in Northern Michigan to report the latest from Jerry's exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Jerry arrived late last week, and today began the process of installing the Map. The entire Map will be on display, so it looks like they have their work cut out for them this week! I know Jerry is very happy to have his family together to join him in Paris for this wonderful achievement. We will keep you updated!
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.