Personal Geographies

 

Map as Art detail

 

Katharine Harmon's  You Are Here, an ingenious exploration of the border-bending speculative capabilities of mapmaking, was published six years ago, and remains a book I love losing myself in from time to time. Gathering a few score exhibits -- an estate outlined from a dog's perspective, a map of success, and assorted "personal geographies" -- created by artists and cartographers, it is nourishing food for one's imagination.

 

Harmon's new book, The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, extends the boundaries of her celebration of mapmaking. [Click the image above for a larger view of the cover piece, by Jules de Balincourt.]   Employing a range of media and states of mind that range from the playful to the political, the artists represented between the book's covers-including Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, Olafor Eliasson, and many others -- map landscapes familiar, unknown, invented. The result is a beautiful, captivating volume.

 

Pictured here are details from João Machado's Swimming  and Peter Dykhuis's You Are Here, a map of Halifax Harbor (click on the images to see book spreads).

 

Swimming

 

Halifax Harbor

 

 

-James Mustich

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

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