This blog post is massively delayed. I didn’t post it because I didn’t feel I was saying anything worth blogging, but there is some work I liked and want to put on my blog.
A couple of months ago I visited The Air Gallery in the West End of London to see The Art of Mapping. An exhibition about, you guessed it, maps.
Ever since I started researching maps over a year ago I developed an interest into them and would love to continue to design and create maps in the future and when I saw the article about the exhibition in Grafik, I knew I had to make the effort to go.
My first favourite was Gonkar Gyatso’s Chelsea map, a mixed media collage on paper. Just up my street, I love that kind of stuff. Typically, I can’t find the Chelsea illustration online, and I didn’t take a picture, but with a google search I found work of his that is similar.
I liked the relaxed and fun tone it portrayed but the messages it evoked were real. With the Chelsea image it brought up Occupy Wall Street as well as World Trade Center.
Another favourite I saw at the exhibition was Claire Brewster’s work.
She had cut out birds from maps and hung them on the wall. I really liked the colours of the map used which reflected feathers of the birds and the shadows on the wall the birds created. It is so simple and humble and shows how maps can be used not just to navigate but for art.
I have followed Stephen Walter’s work from last year when I watched ‘The Beauty of Maps’ on BBC and I am inspired by his simple, fun illustrative maps.
Cai Yuan created ‘One World, One Dream’ representing all the countries, different colours, different shapes as singular countries but with one dream.
All of the above work inspires me that I can use my “old fashioned” art skills in this digital world to create pieces of art that will still stand out.