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Nowhere: Selections from the Files of the
September 23 - December 19, 2010
The exhibition coincides with the release of From Here to There: A Curious Collection from the Hand Drawn Map Association, a 224-page book published this fall by Princeton Architectural Press. All but a handful of these drawings are presented on a long table encouraging visitors to assume a bird’s-eye view of each map. In its suggestion of a near-continuous line bisecting the gallery, this table also becomes a border separating the space into a “here” and a “there.”
About the Exhibition
"Nowhere: Selections from the Files of the Hand Drawn Map Association" remains on view through December 19. Curated by HDMA-founder Kris Harzinski, the exhibition uses over sixty drawings to demonstrate the unique capacity of the hand drawn map to create sites (both graphic and virtual) where writing and depiction, documentation and fiction coincide to articulate locations otherwise beyond reach. The exhibition features works by artists from around the world as well as drawings by individuals based in the Philadelphia region, including Ryan Anderson, Becky Blosser, Keith Garcia, Andrew Herman, Jennifer McTague Janell Olah, Krista Shaffer and Perry Steindel.
The exhibition coincides with the release of From Here to There: A Curious Collection from the Hand Drawn Map Association published by Princeton Architectural Press.
The Hand Drawn Map Association (HDMA) was founded as an archive devoted to collecting hand drawn maps. The original focus of the association was to collect directional maps that people draw for one another as the immediate need arises, quick diagram-like sketches that can reveal a particular vision of a place but are often discarded after use. The HDMA rescues these pieces of ephemera, archives them, and presents them to the public via workshops, exhibitions, and the handmaps.org website. Since it began in 2008, the collection has grown to incorporate a vast array of creative interpretations of site and passage by artists (trained and untrained alike), illustrators, and cartographers (amateur and professional). The HDMA site, as well the Arcadia exhibition, includes a number of works by children as well as a selection of anonymous maps found by contributors.
For a detailed description of the show by Harzinski, including a complete list of participating artists, a selection of images, and information about additional public programming, please visit: www.krisharzinski.org/nowhere.html.