First we saw a map/diagram art show at the Center for Book Arts in New York:
Inge Bruggeman, the infinite between us, 2011
This piece was incredible; it was a music box whose tape feed was a chart of weather data; when you fed a tape through the box, it mechanically “played” the weather.
Sarah Bouchard, Weather Box, 2014
It was very simple and conceptually fascinating. I’d love to make something like that at some point.
We also went to the Brooklyn Art Library, home to the Sketchbook Project archives. I requested a mappy sketchbook through their system—and randomly received the sketchbook of Clint Fulkerson (who I’ve followed on Instagram for a while) as well! That system is lovely.
Saw some of my favorite street art too—the huge fish/city mural inside Jackbar in Williamsburg.
And I couldn’t miss communing with de Chirico at MoMA. I’ve been inspired by that kind of uncanny-valley dreamlike Surrealist architecture for a while. I think it’s not unrelated to the feeling of seeing a map that could be real but isn’t…