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The walls were painted, the floor adorned with a painted compass rose; a collaboration of Oliver Lowe, Deborah Scailes and Char Green, with much feedback from the gallery. The walls got the artists names, and their art work was hung by Kevin Evenson of email@example.com, May 25th, 2012.
Tempers flew, in not a bad way, food was eaten, wine drunk and relationships forged at this show. It was really a great evening of Art and an artful moment. In presenting MAPS ONLY: RADICAL CARTOGRAPHY IN CONTEMPORARY ART I wanted the ‘artful moment‘. I wanted the gathering together and hanging of the art, to be Art. I really like the artful part of Art. The artful part of Art shares food, wine and lemonade. The artful part patches walls for one night and paints on the floor for 2 nights. This hard work or Art in this collaboration between the artists in this show was over in a moment.
Maps Only: Radical Cartography in Contemporary Art, has been in the works for a year or so. The show opens at 7pm, on May 26th and hangs until June 25th, 2012, at Back to the Picture Latin American Gallery, 934 Valencia Street, between 20th and 21st Streets, in San Francisco’s Mission District.
Brian Jones work, “Pistol Pop N Dada” “A secret history tracing the development of what was to manifest itself as ‘punk graphics’ in late twentieth century Britain, back through Pop Art, John Heartfield and ultimately to Dada. The piece is based on the research that I did for an (as yet) unpublished book of the same title. It’s been in my head for years. I had always intended that there ought to a ‘map’ to accompany it, and sketched the rough idea, then put it aside to mature.”
Char Green, “San Francisco in My Hair”, “Our personal geography, the landscapes that surround us throughout out lives, shape who we are, in ways that reach to the very heart of who we are, leaving their indelible marks – their maps – upon us.”
Deborah Sciales, “Transmigration of Radiation: We all live in Japan.” “Radiation still leaks from the now-closed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, where 100,000 people have been evacuated from a 12-mile no-go zone. The reactor involved was designed by the Southern California-based Rosemead utility, Edison, and foisted on the Japanese by the US government. This work is in no way reproachful of the Japanese people, but rather is a condemnation of US policies of nuclear imperialism as practiced internationally.”
Fernando Marti, “Mis Misiones.” “My art explores the clash of the Third World in the heart of Empire, and the tension between inhabiting place and the urge to build something transformative.”
Heather Green, “Impact Study”, “In an environment that is rapidly transforming due to human impacts, something as simple as the far reaches of the ebbing tide or as complex as the interconnected and biodiverse forms exposed during its wake may go unnoticed. My projects and installations explore and pay homage to peripheral or even vanishing places and species whose delicate survival depends on our awareness of them. The majority of my work focuses on La Cholla, a small place near Puerto Peñasco in Sonora, Mexico, a place I have known my whole life. By focusing on a singular place my work aims to engender witness, wonder, and regard. Through a phenomenological investigation of counting, charting, collecting and displaying what is found in this region, I invite speculation about what can be known and what will remain unknowable, what can be seen and what will never be seen again.”
Mary Brown, “Relocation”, ” The map “Relocation” reflects my interest in take-able public art, treasure maps, and underlying historical layers.”
Oliver Lowe, “Legend of Lost Rumbullion,”, “It is the Age of Reason, and Science heralds the foreshortening of the World. As Empirical and Scientific expeditions proliferate, defining and quantifying the Known (and Unknown) Worlds, more and more the Fantastic and the Fabled are forced to recede into the Realm of Mythos.
Randy Figures, “Aestos”, one section of a mythical map that has been in the works for years and is being shown for the first time in the Maps Only show.
The Reverend Lordrifa, “True North”: A Consecration of Polar Dimensions” an audio map in 5 dimensional space, with images of Holy Sites projected onto coordinates. The Reverend’s band, “True North” will film and interview the artists after their audio performance, another part of their performance.
Richard Keltner, “Another House” and ” Top of the Bay”, a man of few words, “my preferred medium is pastels.”
Sarah Dorrance, “Infinite Possibilities”, deals with issues of permanence.
Today, I made a list of the artists participating in the Maps Only with some that having agreed to join and I have met with, and others that I haven’t yet met. I don’t know what map, half of the artists are making. This is exciting and a bit stressful. There are 12 of us, with 2 other possibilities. There will be much art in this show that does not hang on a wall. There will be sound, ‘Lordrifa and True North’ will make a music map, with just the right amount of sound. There will be interactive maps; maps you can touch. There will be food by Emery, always a treat. Oliver Lowe has just agreed to join us with his installation of a Pirate Map, so opening night might include a rum grog.
I will be sending out invitations for this event on line as well as by snail mail, still a favorite of mine. Initially I thought the cover art would be an image of my Ansel Adams topographical mosaic map, but Oliver Lowe’s, Pirate Map Installation has just edged it out as the image to be used. The postcard is one of my favorite parts of curating a show. If you are interested in getting this postcard send an email with your preferred address or your snail mail address and you will get an invitation when it goes out.
Maxine Kraemer has just agreed to help me organize and make Maps Only: Radical Cartography in Contemporary Art, a pretty show.
See you May/2012 at Maps Only, in San Fransisco’s Mission District neighborhood.
I spoke with a young local artist, invited to show a map for the Maps Only, SF 2012. I was surprised and pleased, to hear how well thought out his idea was.
He wondered if he would be able to convey what was in his minds eye. Isn’t this the eternal question for artists? Can I convey my message and what is my message? I offered him some suggestions, discussed his idea with him and encouraged him to begin Now and worry later.
His idea is interesting. Cyrus is interesting.
Today, I worked on the show I am curating, “Maps Only” 2012 in San Francisco.
I began talking with 3 of the 11 artists about their Maps; what medium, how big, their idea? I’m interested in the process and especially interested in the group process.
One of the artists, an artist I know very well, almost quit before beginning. Artists can be this way; I’ve been this way. I tried to be clear and matter-of-fact. I really want her to create a map, she’s quirky, intelligent and a talented user of bright colors. She would be patient with me. I will be patient with her. She agreed to let me include her in a group e-mail, but said, “I probably won’t talk with any of the other artists over the web.” I hope she will, but of course, this is her process and she’s still part of the group.
Another of the artists has been working on a map for 10 years. When I invited him, I had no idea. This map will not be ready to show he informed me, so he’s a bit more relaxed and is looking forward to making a map, possibly a fantasy map. I wonder what this will look like, what fantasy map he will imagine?
The last of the three artists I spoke with is going on vacation. In one sentence he said, I won’t work on it while I am gone, but I might work on it, you never know, he said, I’ll just see what happens. He was happy as he pondered his map. I was happy pondering his map.
I even worked on my Ansel Adams Wilderness Topographical Map. I can see it coming together. It’s the process.
I am curating a Maps Only show in May/June of 2012 in San Francisco, California.
It will “Really” show Maps Only and include many U.S., Local and European Artists renditions of Maps Only.
Some of what will be shown is a secret, except to the artists participating and though I am curating the show and showing a large mosaic map myself, “some of it” is still a secret from myself.
What is for sure, is that opening night Big E’s will be taking care of the organic drinks and food, Cyrus will roaming the gallery and Valencia Street with his camera and all of the Maps will be interesting, for sale/trade or in some way available to the public.
I will write more about Maps Only as it becomes less a secret from myself.