MAPnificent: Artists Use Maps

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MAPnificent: Artists Use Maps
Curated by: Yulia Tikhonova

July 2nd, 2012 - August 28th, 2012

Bard College


Opening reception   Monday, July 2 from 5-7pm 

Performance Knitting…I Need You by Marie Christine Katz 6.00 pm

MAPnificent: Artists Use Maps brings together nine artists who look at maps as raw material to convey information ranging from sociological data to aesthetic stimuli.  

MAPnificent: Artists Use Maps features paintings, works on paper and sculpture that reflect the artists’ concerns for the current state of our society, conveyed though charts and diagrams, and their admiration of the map as a symbol of longing and the unknown. The works included either illustrate a scientific research in demographics, or a flow of capital, or distribution of patterns, but also present the artists’ reverence for maps. For some of the exhibiting artists, mapping is a tool to create interactive visuals with the help of sophisticated tools for image manipulation that arrange numbers into intricate geometrical forms.  

 Maps are primarily received as directional; a subway or bus map is understood as a tool to get somewhere. In fact, the title of this exhibition borrows from a google-map application, MAPNIFICENT, which calculates the time between places via public transportation. For the artists, however, a map is often an end in itself: a work of art, filled with revelation and delight.

MAPnificent: Artists Use Maps is the part of the series Borough to Borough: Artists in Libraries that has been curatated by Yulia Tikhonova and Brooklyn House of Kulture. This series has been supported by the Brooklyn Art Council grant.