Mapping as Source: the Personal Cartography of Art Maps
July 29 – August 27, 2017
Member Preview: Thursday, July 27th, 6-7 pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 29th, 6-8 pm
Katharine Harmon, Juror
There has always been a mapping impulse in human consciousness. The map is the quintessential tool for charting human progress, collective knowledge, and personal experience. Maps establish boundaries and meanings. They are a source of discovery and use a specific language. They also provide windows into the unknown.
“Artists chart singular perceptions rather than assert any collective truth.” (Katharine Harmon) The artist map conveys personal territory, calling out to viewers, “I Am Here”. Art maps can be used for exploration of the personal, the political, or as a tool to investigate the experimental. Mapping as Source focuses on the many ways artists use or create maps for personal expression.
About Katharine Harmon: Katharine Harmon produces books that showcase the work of artists, photographers, and illustrators, and use engaging writing and graphic imagery to explain sometimes esoteric concepts. She is principal at Tributary Books in Seattle and author of “You Are Here, Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination”, “The Map as Art, Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography”.
Arts Benicia’s pristine 2,000 square foot gallery is the focal point of a large artists’ community based in Benicia’s Historic Arsenal District.
About Arts Benicia: Arts Benicia is a community-based non-profit organization that provides quality exhibitions in its gallery and at other venues in Benicia, engaging public programs, stimulating workshops for adults, and inspiring family and youth art programs. For 30 years, Arts Benicia has been a vital part of the local and regional art community, furthering and supporting artistic development, and enriching the larger community.