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As a part of the Northern Illi nois University Art Museum’s upcoming Mapping Exhibition Suite\, OBJECTIVE / SUBJECTIVE: Mapping as Visual Language features contemporary artists utilizing the visual and conceptual language of mappi ng to respond to real or imagined spaces. This exhibition will be curated b y NIU Art Museum Staff\, Peter Olson and Heather Green\, and will be held i n the North and Rotunda galleries of the NIU Art Museum from March 19th – M ay 24th 2013\; a public reception will be held on April 4th\, 2013 from 4:3 0pm – 7:00pm.

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This exhibition f ocuses on national and international artists using the objective visual lan guage of maps for subjective and personal inspiration. The range in which t hese artists appropriate maps spans a variety of eclectic media and concept ual interpretations. Their contemporary works range from sincere to satiric al subject matter and from cosmic to intimate scale.

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For example\, young Japanese artist Ken’ichiro Tanigu chi traces cracks in city sidewalks to create intricate maps of these urban anomalies. He uses the tracings as templates for fabricating meandering\, lace-like sculptures out of bright yellow plastic. After he produces these sculptures\, he returns to the original street locations to fit the delicat e constructions back inside the crevices for photographic archiving. Tanigu chi’s elegantly mindful work not only entices us to find beauty in the over looked details of our surroundings\, but also challenges our perception of scale as cracks in the pavement take on the appearance of river systems see n from above or magnified biological details viewed through a microscope.\n


In terms of imagined spaces\, NI U alum Ben Rosecrans appropriates the utilitarian aesthetics of cartography to create his planar/organic hybrids. Rosecrans’ layers of diagrammatic li ne\, translucent shapes and painterly swatches offer a 21st century spin on the artistry of map-making. While Rosecrans’ pieces are not maps in the tr aditional sense\, he appropriates the language of mapping to create his own worlds. The resulting work is refreshingly crisp—a testament to economy of line and shape.

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A comp lete list of exhibiting artists includes: Erin Coleman-Cruz\, Nanc y Engstad\, Adam Benjamin Fung\, Ilana Halperin\, Donna Katz\, Ray Klimek\, Dan Miller\, Dan Mills\, Ben Rosecrans\, Ken’ichiro Taniguchi and William Walmsley

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The NIU Art Museum is located on the first floor\, west end of Altgeld Hall\, on the campus of No rthern Illinois University\, DeKalb\, IL\, 60115. Hours are Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Group to urs may be arranged by appointment. More information may be found on our we bsite: www.niu.edu/artmuseum.

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F unded in part by the Illinois Arts Council\, a state agency\; Friends of th e NIU Art Museum\; and the Dean’s Circle of the College of Visual and Perfo rming Arts at NIU.

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