map art
January 24, 2007 6:11 PM   Subscribe

Here are three artists who use maps in their art: Mathew Cusick makes collages of old maps, Layla Curtis makes collages of current maps (flash; click on works, collages) and Susan Stockwell makes maps out of, well, just about anything.
posted by dhruva (14 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Aargh I just saw this now: some Fur maps by Yuval Shaul (via moonriver)
posted by dhruva at 6:21 PM on January 24, 2007

Wow, the Mathew Cusick stuff is gorgeous.
posted by nathancaswell at 6:26 PM on January 24, 2007

The world's address / a place that's worn / a sad pun that reflects a sadder mess...
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:33 PM on January 24, 2007

I've never bought art before, but I really want one of Mathew Cusick's works for my wall. Anyone know how much they run?
posted by mathowie at 6:43 PM on January 24, 2007

Oh my. If there's a demographic for these, I'm smack dab in the middle of it. This is most excellent. Now if only I had 400 million dollars in my back pocket...

I was reminded of this map of Manhattan by Howard Horowitz (for help reading the text after the eye-strain gets to you, click here.
posted by Kattullus at 6:47 PM on January 24, 2007

These are great - I was recently reading the part in Urgent Second Class by Nick Bantock about using old maps in the background of colleges such as this one, but I really Cusick's use of maps. Thanks for the links.
posted by Staggering Jack at 7:03 PM on January 24, 2007

Great post thanks dhruva.

Matt, I didn't see any figures but this gives a hint: "he's from New York, and so too, appear to be his prices" (some good pics there actually). You probably need to email the Lisa Dent gallery.
posted by peacay at 7:33 PM on January 24, 2007

Also check out these great map collages by an artist named Heidi Neilson.
posted by TheWash at 7:53 PM on January 24, 2007

Thanks, great post. The problem with these kinds of posts (as well as much of what jonson posts) is that they make me want to try these things, and I already don't spend enough time on my photography. But, it all keeps me inspired to see things in different and new ways.

posted by The Deej at 7:56 PM on January 24, 2007

Thanks, TheWash, I particularly liked this one.
posted by dhruva at 8:15 PM on January 24, 2007

Tim McMichael has some interesting 3D pieces with maps suspended in shellac.
posted by tresbizzare at 9:56 PM on January 24, 2007

As a collage artist myself (who uses maps a fair amount), I'm both incredibly inspired and incredibly humbled by the works featured in this post.

I'm just going to sniff glue until I either create something amazing, or pass out. Whichever comes first.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 11:53 PM on January 24, 2007

A Walk Through H.

posted by Grangousier at 1:12 AM on January 25, 2007

A brief look at another group exhibit with a map theme. Shauna McMullan does interesting things with and to maps including a couple of pieces in which she cut all the names from the index of a throwaway tourist map and then hung it reversed so the map side is seen but has rows and rows of holes in it. Unfirtunately, it seems tricky to get pictures on the web of anything other than her rather good sculpture for the Scottish parliament though.
posted by patricio at 8:33 AM on January 25, 2007

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