UNCHARTED will explore the concept of mapping as the visual and conceptual categorization and organization of relationships, systems, and interactions, as seen by fourteen artists working on paper. Included in the exhibition are both abstract and figurative works, charting new and known territory on literal, conceptual, and metaphysical levels. Physically mapping the territory, the show will include two works from the Petroplots suite by Ed Ruscha, and several drawings by Katie Holten. Maps of the universe by Luca Antonucci explore the paradoxical relationship between romantic and physical notion of the universe. Gouaches and collage works by Grisha Bruskin map the different roles of individuals in Russian society, with diagrams categorizing the ideal lifestyle of its citizens. In In a Manner of Speaking I & II, Jessica Snow maps the elements of a conversation in an iconic way. A watercolor by Mark Fox illustrates an artist’s mental pattern in an intelligible representation, while a drawing by Linda Karshan documents her movements marking the paper, effectively plotting the breadth and physical extent of her being. In her highly sophisticated drawings of real and concocted organisms, Amber Stucke conceptually charts symbiotic relationships with fungus, algae, moss, lichen, and parasites. Sid Garrison meticulously traces lines in false colors to create a new territory, while a new map by Rebecca Lowry emphasizes the unlikely connection between disparate and seemingly unrelated elements, such as the number of stars and their location above city streets. Justin Quinn charts specific chapters and passages from “Moby Dick”, depicting text as a visual yet paradoxically unreadable system. Two Folds (2x4 map) by Owen Schuh is a diagram of the finite number of ways a piece of paper can be folded in two, transforming the art of origami from a manual to a mathematical one. Hadieh Shafie’s colorful scrolls, formed by tightly wound strips of paper inscribed with the Farsi word for “love”, “eshghe,” are a tangible representation of the expressive power of passion, a veritable atlas of this artist’s longing for acceptance and understanding. Cutting and pasting single elements from Google Satellite photographs, such as civic domes, swimming pools, or people as seen from the sky, Jenny Odell’s work systemizes the arbitrariness of our world seen from an unfamiliar and unnatural perspective, yet in a way that says: people were here.
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