Friday, January 18th, 2008 to Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

A map is a visual representation of an area—a symbolic depiction highlighting relationships between elements of that space such as objects, regions, and themes. Many maps are static two-dimensional, geometrically accurate representations of three-dimensional space, while others are dynamic or interactive, even three-dimensional. Although most commonly used to depict geography, maps may represent any space, real or imagined, without regard to context or scale. – Wikipedia

In 2008, we are in the midst of a mapping revolution. Thanks to the personal computer, the Internet, space satellites for data collection, and an expansive array of related technological tools, the scope of information available for mapping has exploded; we simply choose how we would like to select, filter, manipulate, magnify. Tracked by GPS, our physical locations and motions may be mapped in real time (never to be lost again), while at the same time we navigate through a vast virtual network, locating and relocating ourselves perpetually. Using Google Earth to view one‟s own neighborhood or childhood home; routinely linking Mapquest directions to e-mailed party invites; building networks of MySpace friends: we have become habitual mapmakers as well as blips on a vast array of others people‟s maps.

Locate |Navigate: exercises in mapping (part 2) —the second component of a two-part exhibition featuring work by some thirty local, national and international artists in total—is interested in artists using maps as means of structuring highly personal experiences and investigations, and in mapping as an expansive, individualistic, creative process for observing, exploring and representing relationships among particular elements of interest, from places to objects, ideas, actions, and points in time. Throughout is an interest in the artist‟s hand, whether embedded in physical mark or content of the work and in the intimate nature of the maps created. Pushing the parameters of what might be considered a map, the project further aims to encourage expansive approaches and attitudes toward exploring and examining our surroundings and to suggest alternative methods for envisioning and depicting such terrains.

For photos of the event, check out our flickr.

Event Details

January 18-March 22, 2008


La Esquina (1000 West St. Kansas City, MO 64108)

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