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Artist Talk: James Bailey - Map-ify

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Join us on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 from 6 - 7 p.m. to hear our visiting Artist in Residence, James Bailey, talk about his upcoming exhibition at ARTSPACE titled “Map-ify.” This event is free and open to the public. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres available.

About Map-ify:

“Nature is, socialized….reorganized….. (and) made into a material manifestation of social structure”
“The natural environment is transformed into culturally meaningful phenomena and then is viewed from the perspective of these cultural definitions.” (Busch 1989:7)

My work examines the landscape and our relation to it via the concept of maps/mapping as both objects and as acts. Exploring the systems and conventions of depicting/charting/categorizing and interpreting our environment and experiences? My work re-presents my data through my own lens.

Through these investigations of the systems and conventions of depicting our surroundings and examining how we interact to/with/against our environment. I utilize the overlay of the grid as a system for organizing our world and perceptions of movement through the land. I further regard the overlay of information included within that system and the overlay of our sensibilities, manipulations and fabrications of that information.

Maps construct the world they don’t reproduce it. They allow us to show the landscape without depicting it, like graphic notations of remembered experience.