Nikki Rosato

Nikki Rosato: Couple: Boston, MA (2009)

Wired’s Underwired blog examines the work of artist Nikki Rosato, who creates human forms by cutting away at maps, leaving only roads and rivers behind. Here’s her artist statement:

Our physical bodies are beautiful structures full of detail, and they hold the stories that haunt and mold our lives. The lines on a road map are beautifully similar to the lines that cover the surface of the human body.
In my most recent work involving maps, as I remove the landmasses from the silhouetted individuals I am further removing the figure’s identity, and what remains is a delicate skin-like structure. Through this process, specific individuals become ambiguous and hauntingly ghost-like, similar to the memories they represent.

Above, “Couple: Boston, MA,” 2009.

Early Modern Caricature Maps

The Boston Globe points to Donna Seger’s blog entry in which she has collected caricature maps from the early modern period. “The shift from conceptual to more realistic cartography in the early modern era is a very evident and important trend, but early modern mapmakers retained a bit of whimsy when they produced maps in the form of plants, animals and humans in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.” My impression had been that caricature maps were a quintessentially late-nineteenth/early-twentieth-century phenomenon — and indeed Seger includes many familiar examples from that period — so the early ones are interesting.

Previously: Keith Thompson’s Caricature Map of Europe; Even More Caricature Maps; Adidas’s Impossible Map; More Caricature Maps from World War I; A Japanese Caricature Map of the World; Angling in Troubled Waters.

Sohei Nishino’s Diorama Maps

Sohei Nishino: Diorama London

The Guardian on the diorama maps of photographer Sohei Nishino, now on display at the Michael Hoppen Gallery in London (until April 2).

Last year, Nishino spent a month walking the streets of London — which, come to think of it, does not seem that long a time for the task in hand. He took over 10,000 photographs, which, on his return to Tokyo, he edited down to 4,000. Then the real work began. Having hand-printed the photographs in his own darkroom, Nishino then set about cutting them up and piecing them together — slowly and meticulously — into a giant composite photographic map of the city of London. It measures 7.5ft × 4ft, and will be shown at Michael Hoppen alongside his other diorama maps.

The diorama maps can be seen on Nishino’s website: here’s the link.

Lego Cartograms

The problem with cartograms is that they can be difficult to interpret: distorting a country to be larger or smaller isn’t helpful if you don’t know the size of the country in the first place, or can’t recognize it when…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Coffee Map of Ethiopia

Art Sex: “One of my favorites. I love coffee and so I painted with it, staining watercolor paper and creating a map of Ethiopia.” Nicely done. Via Fuck Yeah Cartography!…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Wendy Gold’s Globes

Laura L. Sweet looks at globes by Wendy Gold. “The ‘Imagine Nation’ globes are handmade using vintage globes whose geography is no longer accurate. Wendy finds, cuts and creates the art that she then decoupages onto the old globes….  •  Continue reading this entry.

More Typographic Maps

Spatial Analysis’s roundup of typographical maps — that is, maps made entirely of textual elements — includes Axis Maps’s typographic map of San Francisco (above) and Stephen Walter’s incredible hand-drawn map of Liverpool. Via @worldmapper. Previously: Typographic Maps of…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Eve Bailey

Eve Bailey’s recent drawings are, she says, “inspired by the similarities between the infrastructure systems of cities and the human anatomy. I am specifically interested by the organic nature of architectural renderings. The iconography used for urban planning intersects…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Armelle Caron

French artist Armelle Caron uses maps in a couple of ways. First, have a look at her organized city maps, executed between 2005 and 2008, in which city blocks are taken apart and organized into neat rows. She does…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Rebecca Krinke Maps Joy and Pain

The University of Minnesota’s UMNews on Rebecca Krinke’s public art installation, Unseen/Seen: The Mapping of Joy and Pain: On the surface (both literally and figuratively) Rebecca Krinke’s latest public art piece is simply a giant laser-cut map of Minneapolis and…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Map Lampshades

Lampshade designer Sarah Walker makes lampshades out of maps. She’s used Ordnance Survey and Bartholomew maps, likes using out-of-date maps “because I prefer the look of the print colours and enjoy the recycling aspect,” and even applies strips of…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Shannon Rankin

Shannon Rankin slices up maps to create new forms: “While bearing traces of the original form, I deconstruct maps to create new geographies, suggesting the potential for a broader landscape.” Her portfolio is extensive (and is also reproduced on…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Jason LaFerrera’s Wildlife Map Collages

Jason LaFerrera makes images of wildlife out of collages out of old maps. From Jason’s artist statement: “The textures and contours of old maps are fascinating, even the tattered and stained parts. In this series, I digitally manipulate cartographic…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Kevin Van Aelst: Apple Globe

Kevin Van Aelst photographs “common artifacts and scenes from everyday life, which have been rearranged, assembled, and constructed into various forms, patterns, and illustrations.” His Apple Globe (2007) is of obvious interest to us; see also what he does…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Christoph Niemann: My Way

Don’t miss illustrator Christoph Niemann’s collection of whimsical map art, using the lines and symbols from a certain familiar online mapping service. Some illustrate the difficulty from getting from certain points A to certain points B, others create an…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Geotagging Art

Geocoded Art geotags public-domain paintings of identifiable locations. The site requires that “a) the image is a recognizable depiction of [a] specific location (not just ‘Tuscan countryside’); and b) the image be in the public domain,” but does not include…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Cool Globes

Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet is a travelling public art exhibit about global warming that for some reason is in Copenhagen right now. The exhibit “will feature over 25 super-sized Cool Globes, each conveying a different…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Keith Thompson’s Caricature Map of Europe

Caricature maps usually belong to a specific period — i.e., the late 19th and early 20th centuries. So it’s interesting to see Keith Thompson’s modern take on a 1914 caricature map of Europe. Via Kottke. Update (Feb. 3, 2010):…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Map Art on the Radio

KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio’s Weekday spent an hour last Thursday morning on maps and art; the program featured Katharine Harmon, two local artists whose work appeared in her latest book, and a local art historian. Via All Points Blog….  •  Continue reading this entry.


Like Cartophilia, designer Elizabeth Daggar sent me a copy of her unusual project, Calendria, the full title of which is the World Atlas of Calendria for the Year 2010 of the Common Era, as Observed and Faithfully Recorded by…  •  Continue reading this entry.

The Map as Art

The National Post takes a look at Katharine Harmon’s new book, The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, which I briefly mentioned back in August. Via AnyGeo. Meanwhile, a related exhibition curated by Harmon along with Christopher Henry,…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Map Cuts

Etsy seller studiokmo produces interesting map cuts — maps of cities where the city blocks are cut out, leaving a transparent lattice of streets. So far, she’s produced maps of New York and Paris; London is next, and she…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Even More Book Reviews

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reviews Colin Ellard’s book on how people (and animals) navigate, You Are Here: Why We Can Find Our Way to the Moon, but Get Lost in the Mall (in Canada, it has been published as Where…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Paul Morstad

Painter and illustrator Paul Morstad “looks to the details to see the bigger picture, turning his obsessions with maps, zoology and our ever-changing environment into art that would have even the least cartography-minded moving in for closer inspection,” Montreal’s…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Fernando Vicente

The art of Fernando Vicente includes his Atlas series — paintings on maps. I can’t say anything more about this: everything’s in Spanish. But I can still be impressed. Via La Cartoteca….  •  Continue reading this entry.

Butterflies Made of Maps

Image Surgery takes maps and charts and shapes them into butterflies, then arranges them like butterflies on pins in a case. They’re for sale, for several hundred pounds and up. Via Cartophilia….  •  Continue reading this entry.

Ross Racine

Surprisingly, Ross Racine’s artwork is drawn freehand on a computer; “my works do not contain photographs or scanned material,” he says, but you’d be hard pressed to tell. “The subjects of my recent work may be interpreted as models…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Atlas Art

An exhibition at Jonathan Potter Limited in London, running until June 19: Atlas Art — An Exhibition of Decorative Atlas Titlepages: Decorative titlepages appeared at the beginning of many atlases and geographical works from the mid-sixteenth century onwards as a…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Kate MccGwire: Insular

I’m fascinated by Kate MccGwire’s Insular (2008): 50 layers of paper, burned to form the shapes of the American continents; the layers are reminiscent of topo map contours. Via Platial….  •  Continue reading this entry.

‘Entropa’ Will Be Removed Early

“Entropa,” the controversial piece poking fun at European stereotypes that was installed earlier this year in the European Council building, will be removed two months ahead of schedule, but not because of any controversy. The artist, David Černý, is pulling…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Val Britton

Val Britton was interviewed in this week’s Salt Lake City Fine Arts Examiner. Britton makes “immersive collaged drawings that draw on the language of maps,” according to her artist’s statement. “Based on road maps of the U.S., routes my…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Rachel Austin

An exhibition of the artwork of Rachel Austin is taking place at Tilde, a store in Portland, Oregon, until the end of March. Austin’s work includes mixed media map paintings. “The map series are done with maps and layers…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Emma McNally

Emma McNally writes to tell us about her drawings inspired by cartography. (At right, Field 3, graphite on paper, 220 cm × 150 cm.) From the press release for her exhibition last year: But though one’s initial impression may…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Map Corsets

Representations of maps seem to be a popular source material for corset makers: Mayfaire Moon is releasing a corset in honour of the publication of Catherynne M. Valente’s new fantasy novel, Palimpsest; ProfMaelstromme offers an underbust “steampunk map corset”…  •  Continue reading this entry., a project of the UMBC’s Imaging Research Center that aims to explain the U.S. electoral process (it seems to be a work in progress), opens with this crazy map of the United States — the handiwork, I presume,…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Twelve Animals

Behold Kentaro Nagai’s Twelve Animals, where the world’s continents and islands are rearranged to resemble the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. The shapes the continents form aren’t always easy to recognize. It’s also kind of neat to see,…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Lordy Rodriguez: States of America

Lordy Rodriguez: States of America, which runs from February 21 to May 17 at the Austin Museum of Art, “is the culmination of a multi-year project to systematically reconfigure the United States of America, including all fifty states as…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Sports Illustrated Body Painted Maps

Brooklyn Decker’s turn (slightly NSFW) in the 2009 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition is not the first example of body painting using map imagery, not even in SI. Body painter Joanne Gair, who did the artwork on Decker, painted a world…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Photocartographies: Call for Submissions

The curators of an upcoming exhibition that combines photography and cartography are looking for submissions: This exhibition reveals mapping itself as a generative process of knowledge creation, a liberatory method for re-imagining and re-imaging our world, its built and natural…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Circling Cartography

Circling Cartography, an exhibition of the work of Marie DesMarais, is taking place this month at the Proximity Gallery in Fishtown, Philadelphia. “The almost whimsical forms and colors combine with found materials including paper, fabric, wood and glass to create…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Envisioning Maps

Envisioning Maps is an exhibition at the Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion Museum in New York. I’m not sure how long it runs: the museum’s page says it runs until June 26; the ArtInfo page says it closes, um,…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Czech President Blasts ‘Entropa’

The controversy over David Cerny’s “Entropa” exhibit continues. AFP: “Czech President Václav Klaus has asked the government in a letter to ‘publicly disavow’ a controversial EU art exhibit displayed in Brussels that depicts stereotypes of member countries.” I think we…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Lauren Simone

An exhibition of Lauren Simone’s art has been going on this month in Portland, Maine. Simone, a local artist, “creates maps from her imagination with ink, tea, and watercolors, marking her boundaries with thread. Her maps discover places you…  •  Continue reading this entry.

David Cerny Defends ‘Entropa’

At the beginning of this video, artist David Cerny explains his controversial installation piece, “Entropa,” which just debuted, to no considerable uproar, in the European Council building in Brussels. The video is also an opportunity to get a good…  •  Continue reading this entry.

European Stereotypes in EU Installation Piece

To commemorate the Czech Republic’s six-month turn at the EU presidency, an art installation piece portraying maps of European countries by their stereotypes has been installed in the European Council building. “France’s map is emblazoned with the word GREVE! (French…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Rebecca Riley

Rebecca Riley writes to let us know that a show of her recent map paintings is taking place at the Cheryl McGinnis Gallery in New York. 75 Mile Radius runs from January 13 to March 2. The subject of…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Map Quilts by Leah Evans

Textile artist Leah Evans makes hand-sewn map quilts. The maps themselves “are not consciously based on specific places,” she writes. “For me they are intimate explorations of map language and imagined landscapes.” At right: “Development.” More at Designboom; via…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Josh Dorman: Within Four Miles

At the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles until January 11, 2009: “”Within Four Miles: The World of Josh Dorman.” The Los Angeles Times on the exhibit: Most of the work in “Within Four Miles: The World of…  •  Continue reading this entry.

David Adjaye’s Europolis

David Adjaye’s Europolis is being exhibited in Bolzano for Manifesta 7. “In conceiving Europolis David Adjaye has extracted information from the capital cities of the European Union and condensed it into a single entity. Europolis is not a traditional…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Belgrade Is the World

Belgrade Is the World. Webmapper explains: “The artist Slaviša Savić discovered an unusual and an unexpected coincidence between the town plan of Serbian Belgrade and the map of the world. … The world’s continents seem to match the cities…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Link Roundup: Mid-July Edition

Facebook app whereyougonnabe? gets an upgrade focusing on integration with other platforms (previously). Diana Eid takes a look at map art, focusing on three artists we’ve seen before: Matthew Cusick, Elisabeth Lecourt and Susan Stockwell (via GeoCarta). On the…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Flounder Lee

“Recently, my artwork has involved mapping in one form or fashion and I thought you might enjoy it,” Flounder Lee writes. My work titled Self-Organized Mapping was all about mapping my life. I walked and photographed the yard where I…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Finn Nygaard Poster

John Emerson writes about this poster from Finn Nygaard: “Check out this crazy map from this famous Danish poster designer. I’ve no idea what the point is, but I found it pretty compelling.”…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Erik Laffer’s Cartography Series

At the Amrose Sable Gallery in Albany, New York until May 25, an exhibition of Erik Laffer’s Cartography Series. The Albany Times Union has a review: “[T]he frenetic undercurrents of Laffer’s abstractions seem to strike a chord with our…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Painting on Maps

An interesting thread on MapHist about painting on maps — i.e., using a map like a canvas — yielded links to the following artists. Suzanne Howe-Stevens: “Using maps as a background or frame allows her to emphasize the borders that…  •  Continue reading this entry.

The Wire Maps of Elizabeth Berrien

Artist Elizabeth Berrien does wire sculpture; some of her creations are maps. “She’d often felt that the intricate, organic lines of our living planet and its features — continents, great river and mountain ranges — would make a glorious…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Elisabeth Lecourt

The art of Elisabeth Lecourt includes clothing made from maps. Bloesem writes, “These clothes are made out of maps from Paris, New York, London and other places, of course you can’t wear them, but hanging them as art on…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Connie Brown’s Custom Maps

The Hartford Courant reports on an interesting business: Connie Brown, working as Redstone Studios, paints one-of-a-kind, custom maps for her clients. Preparing the highly personal maps can take up to a year, and she usually works on three commissions at…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Jeff Schmuki

Pattern Recognition is an exhibition of the work of Jeff Schmuki — “featuring sculptural ceramic works and installations that explore the relationship between cartography, documentary, memory and the natural/manmade landscape” — at the Richard E. Peeler Art Center at…  •  Continue reading this entry.

William Kentridge’s Tapestries

At the Philadelphia Museum of Art until April 6, an exhibition of tapestries by the major South African artist, William Kentridge. The Porter tapestries “stem from a series of drawings in which he conjured shadowy figures from ripped construction…  •  Continue reading this entry.

V&A: Mapping the Imagination

At the Victoria and Albert Museum until April 27, Mapping the Imagination “includes maps made to inform or to entertain, maps enhanced by imaginative embellishments, maps that show imaginary places, and works in which artists have adapted map iconography to…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Mark Webber

Mark Webber’s art includes city maps built from tyographical fragments, arranged in ways that both shape and label the map. At right, Amsterdam; he’s also done New York and London. Thanks to John Deen for the link….  •  Continue reading this entry.

Nancy Goodman Lawrence

The art of Nancy Goodman Lawrence uses the stuff of maps in collages: “Maps are a huge resource for my work, less for their literal representations than the endless possibilities they offer in rendering the geography of the human…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Landon Mackenzie

Houbart’s Hope, an exhibition by the Vancouver-based Landon Mackenzie, opens this Thursday at Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts Gallery in Montreal. “In Houbart’s Hope Mackenzie combines her interests in landscape, cartography and neuroscience. Although abstract in appearance, vestiges…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Berrini Exhibition in San Francisco

New work by Francesca Berrini (see previous entry) is on display at the Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art gallery in San Francisco, SF Station reports: “Part designer, part surrealist cartographer, Portland-based Francesca Berrini creates fantastical geographies from maps that have…  •  Continue reading this entry.

New Paula Scher Exhibition

Paula Scher (see previous entry) returns to the Maya Stendhal Gallery in New York with an exhibition of new works. According to the gallery, “Scher expands on her highly acclaimed Maps series to create her most engaging work yet,…  •  Continue reading this entry.

James Niehues Profile

The Colorado Springs Gazette profiles ski resort illustrator James Niehues, whom we first encountered in March 2006. “For 20 years, Niehues, 61, has been North America’s preeminent ski resort illustrator — the guy who paints the trail maps for…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Two Map Art Exhibitions

An exhibition of Matthew Picton’s art just wrapped up at the Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery in Portland, Oregon. “His cartography transforms the traditional two dimensional mapping system into a multi-layered sculpture of communication, transportation, and rivers,” says the gallery, “thus both…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Christa Dichgans

Christa Dichgan’s art requires close scrutiny: her map-based paintings are countries whose outlines are filled with figures, objects and other tiny details to which a thumbnail such as this (of her 2005 work, “Europa,” a mix of oils and…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Machado’s Maps

João Machado’s artwork includes map collages “made entirely with vintage maps,” he writes. “The people shown in [my] work are depicted in the maps of the region in which they are from. Sometimes the maps used are contrapuntal to…  •  Continue reading this entry.

James Turner’s Map of Humanity

Way back in the early days of this blog, I linked to portions of James Turner’s Map of Humanity, where feelings, beliefs and aspirations are places on an imaginary map. He was kind enough to write back to explain…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Get Lost

Get Lost: Artists Map Downtown New York “is a collective portrait of downtown New York. Twenty-one international artists were invited to create a personal view of the city and draw a map of downtown New York, uncovering a territory…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Relief Map Carpet

This astonishing relief map carpet, made from foam bars of different heights and colours, is a product of the Dutch design firm Studio Laurens van Wieringen. Via Boing Boing and Very Spatial….  •  Continue reading this entry.

Francesca Berrini

The art of Francesca Berrini, who “transforms vintage maps of places she has longed to visit into fine art maps of entirely new and imagined worlds. She obsessively tears up original vintage maps into tiny pieces, and then reconstitutes…  •  Continue reading this entry.

London’s Kerning

London’s Kerning is a map of London done in type — you have to step back from the large (153 cm × 101.5 cm), limited-edition poster to recognize the city. Interesting. Via Kottke; more at Moon River….  •  Continue reading this entry.

Nikolas Schiller

Yesterday’s Washington Post had a major piece about Nikolas Schiller, who’s been doing artful things with aerial photography and doing his best to stay under the web’s collective radar. (Sorry.) Excerpts from the Post article: Schiller barely pauses on…  •  Continue reading this entry.

More Memory Maps

Jason Kottke is fascinated by memory maps — that is to say, maps drawn entirely from memory. In addition to some sites we’ve seen here before (previous entries below), he presents a couple more for our enjoyment. First, the…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Scot J. Wittman

Still another artist who uses maps as raw materials: Scot J. Wittman. He explains how: I made large facial portraits of these explorers by collaging together tonal variations of the maps of the areas they explored. I then constructed…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Nina Katchadourian

Nina Katchadourian is another artist who uses the physical material of maps in her work, whether rearranged, dissected or put onto slides. She’s also labelled clumps of moss that look like maps. Via Platial News and Neogeography….  •  Continue reading this entry.

More Map Art

The artists Dinesh links to in his MetaFilter post on map art are ones I’ve linked to before, but among the comments are a few examples of maps in art that I hadn’t encountered yet: Heidi Neilson’s map collages;…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Susan Stockwell

Susan Stockwell’s art makes frequent use of maps, either as raw material and as the shape of her final product. Examples of the former include dresses made of maps; examples of the latter include a map of India stitched…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Manhattan, a Poem and Map

“Manhattan,” by Howard Horowitz, first appeared in the New York Times on August 30, 1997: it was a poem in the shape of Manhattan Island, about Manhattan, with references to various neighbourhoods and landmarks in the appropriate locations. It’s…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Analogue Art Map

Analogue Art Map is a group that uses non-digital technology (e.g., pen and paper) to map inherently digital things — MUDs, social networks and so forth. “[T]he group seeks to both record and generate connections between creative individuals and the…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Matthew Cusick

An exhibition of Matthew Cusick’s art, which uses collages of old maps, just wrapped up at the Lisa Dent Gallery, but the images are still available online. From the Artkrush review: “Clipped from yellowed atlases and geography textbooks, the…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Resistant Maps

Geobloggers points to an upcoming conference/exhibition in Genoa, Italy this weekend: Resistant Maps: Artistic Actions in the Interconnected Urban Territory. The representation of territory holds a historical role in the privileges of power. Geographical data has always been in its…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Kozloff’s Exterior and Interior Cartographies

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s art critic points to an exhibition at the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon: “Exterior and Interior Cartographies” by Joyce Kozloff, which, according to the museum, “features drawings, collages, prints, paintings and sculpture. For fifteen years,…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Burning Man 2006

Lisa Hoffman’s map of the 2006 Burning Man festival is more colourful than last year’s effort; see her previous burning maps — and much more detailed than the official version (PDF). Via All Points Blog. Update, Aug. 26: Boing…  •  Continue reading this entry.


A giclée is a high-quality art print made on a special inkjet printer. It’s by no means exclusive to maps, but it’s a term worth remembering. I first learned about it in the context of a MapHist discussion of fakes,…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Licence Plate Map

I was at my local map store over the weekend, and of course they had a good selection of map-related tchotchkes — umbrellas, 3D jigsaw puzzles, squeeze-ball globes. In that vein, this map of the U.S. hand-made from state…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Simon Elvins’s “Silent London”

Simon Elvins’s “Silent London”: “Using information the government has collected on noise levels within London, a map has been plotted of the capital’s most silent spaces. The map intends to reveal a hidden landscape of quiet spaces and shows…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Sarah Trigg

The paintings of Sarah Trigg: “Taking inspiration from secondhand surgery textbooks, airport layouts, and fuzzy aerial photos found on the Web, Trigg maps fictive terrains that are part landscape, part bodyscape.” Mixing the map and medicine metaphors is not…  •  Continue reading this entry.

1520+ Hometowns

Tofu’s “1520+ Hometowns” is a collage of all the town names of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, cut from road maps: “In March of 2004 I began a map piece cutting out the hometown of each American serviceman and woman…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Map Tattoos

On new mapping blog atlas(t), Claire Light has a neat post about map tattoos: Unfortunately, subsequent repeated google searches didn’t turn up any other map tattoos, treasure or otherwise. What they did turn up were: 1) instances of people using…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Peter Dykhuis, Visual Artist

Maps, flags and state symbols abound in Peter Dykhuis’s art: “You Are Here” superimposes a map of Halifax on envelopes; “Radar Paintings” uses airport radar images; “World View: The G7 Suite” encloses maps from each country within their respective flags….  •  Continue reading this entry.

Paula Scher: The Maps

Paula Scher: The Maps is an exhibition of Scher’s paintings at the Maya Stendhal Gallery in New York; it runs until December 17. From the Gallery’s web site: “This show, consists of a series of twelve large-scale canvases — intricate,…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Cartography 101 at the Johnsonese

Opening tomorrow at the Johnsonese Gallery in Chicago, an exhibition of map-based art called Cartography 101. The gallery’s web site has a few examples, but I expect they won’t stay on the front page after the show closes on September…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Hand-drawn Burning Man Map

Burning Man 2005 is upon us — or at least it’s upon some of you. Lisa Hoffman’s hand-drawn map (834-KB GIF) of the site is quite literally a work of art. Via Boing Boing….  •  Continue reading this entry.

Hand Made Maps

Hand Made Maps is a London-based commercial art studio that specializes in maps; the site is an extensive portfolio of their recent work for various clients. Some really nice stuff there. Thanks to Clare Lyons for the link….  •  Continue reading this entry.

Never Ending Drawing

Oskar Karlin: “Every day I document my movements by drawing them on a map. From that, patterns and images appear.” Select “Projects,” then “Never Ending Drawing.” Via Things Magazine….  •  Continue reading this entry.

Art of the Road

Roadmap Art of the Road is a Flickr group that shares “scanned images from vintage roadmaps from gas stations, municipalities and the like.” The focus is on the cover art, not the cartography, but it’s still of interest. See previous…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Guillermo Kuitca

An exhibition of the art of Guillermo Kuitca at Hauser & Wirth, London: The main gallery space features Everything, 2004, an impressive four-panel painting which interpolates fragments of American road maps. The enigmatic veined surface invites the viewer for closer…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Poyarkov’s Map of Ukraine

MetaFilter is one of the best-kept secret sources for map links, and now that Matt has added tag support, they’re all the easier to find: just look for the map and maps tags. Of course, tagging is optional, and some…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Memory Mapping

Megan Hurst writes to tell us about her Memory Mapping project: “ is a site I co-created which invites visitors to draw maps of places they’ve lived based solely on memory. Their maps are then saved in a database and…  •  Continue reading this entry.

Mapping the Body

The art of Mary Daniel Hobson involves the use of collages on images of the human body. Many of the collages are of old maps; browse the gallery and see what you can find. As early mapmakers used pen and…  •  Continue reading this entry.

More Road Maps

More scans of old maps — the covers only, alas — at a site that looks like it was just getting started — back in 1998 — and stayed there (via Things Magazine)….  •  Continue reading this entry.

Road Map of the Human Body

This illustration of the human body as a road map — veins and arteries appear as expressways, for example — seems to be a very, very neat medical illustration exercise (via Kottke and Muxway)….  •  Continue reading this entry.