Monday, April 11, 2016

The colors and rules journal

Every morning when I remix a color I record the change in a master journal (shown above). I also record all major rule changes in that book. I rarely look back at the changes, but putting them down on paper helps to cement them in my memory. Major changes are only made when I am anxious to try a new technique or when an old one doesn't seem to be producing the results I want.

I started using the book in 2003 after I resumed work on the Map. The first entry, dated 11/5/03, read, "Finished sheets will no longer be copied onto labels. Gen II water sheets will be painted rather than collaged w/label."

Monday, April 4, 2016

The Map Tweets

Every morning when I start work in the studio I draw a card. The 23 above was the first card I turned over today. It directed me, 23 places down the current stack of panels, to the one shown above, S5/W12. Both the card and the panel were posted on Twitter.

Both of the instructions on the card were disregarded  as inapplicable. There were not yet 9 collaged squares on that panel. So, a new airlane was not created. And, since the entire sheet had already been painted the "paint as previous" instruction did not apply.

What I did do was to collage 23 squares to match, as closely as possible, the underlying colors. I worked counter-clockwise since the card was a red suit. I started at the crosshairs of the sheet. When I reached the lower right corner I ran into collage work that had been done previously. That meant that I had to continue on the next sheet down, S6/W12. The final two squares were collaged on that sheet (not shown). 

I finished work on this panel by drawing in the parrallelogram  centered on the crosshairs and putting Map dates on a few of the squares.


Saturday, March 26, 2016


The first reminder is for you to check on Jerry's Ebay listings. There are currently some fantastic bargains. The original panel above, for example, was just re-listed at $111! It originally was listed at over $200. And there are prints, postcards, and JPEGs available starting at just over a dollar!

When you buy items off Ebay you own a piece of this life-long, monumental project. AND you help pay for the substantial costs of continuing Jerry's work. We thank you in advance!

The next reminder is to follow Jerry on Twitter (@jerrysmap). He posts the first card he draws each morning that he is in the studio. He then posts the panel that that card led him to and, later in the day, shows the changes made to that panel. It's a great way to begin to understand the process he uses.

The last reminder is to take a look at the jerrymapping subreddit. It's fun!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Since the 1980s I have been dressing randomly. After deciding what type of clothes I need- casual or dressy, hot weather or cold- I pull the next appropriate items from the rotation in my closet and put them on. This has always resulted in interesting combos, sometimes brilliant, sometimes embarrassing.

About a year ago I modified that system. I now dress entirely in patterned clothing during odd numbered months and solids in even months. Understand? More weird combos. It makes dressing an adventure just the way the randomizing of the Map-making makes it exciting.

Try it!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Meg and I got back to the farm yesterday after an exhilarating ten day trip to the True/False Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri. A fairly sizable chunk of the Map was on display in Uprise Bakery there, and on March 1 the Jerry's Map video was shown, and I participated in a Q and A with Joel Sager, the curator.

The Festival itself ran from Thursday through Sunday the 6th. We saw great films and hung out with wonderful people. For all this we want to thank, in particular, Paul, Camellia, Johanna, Joel, Luci, Wil, Joe, Brian, and our new friends from Lille: Roman, Arthur, Thomas, and Pierre!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Upcoming shows

Here's a reminder of where to see Jerry's Map:

The UICA show in Grand Rapids is big and beautiful and is up until February 28. For more info see

I will be in Columbia, Missouri for the True/False film festival at the beginning of March. I'm showing the video and giving a talk on March 1. A nice chunk of the Map will also be on display. Check out after February 12 for more details.

The Aichi Triennale in Nagoya, Japan will feature a very large installation of the Map. It opens in mid-August of this year. Info is at

In the meantime we have more listings than ever on Ebay. Support the continued production and display of Jerry's Map by buying them. Thanks!


Friday, December 4, 2015

Selling on Ebay again

I've posted several Map prints on Ebay again. Take a look at them and buy a few! They are currently priced at $17.02. If they don't sell after a month they will be reduced by 20%.

All proceeds from the sale of Map items go directly back into making more Map. 

So, support this project with a few of your dollars. Think of it as like crowd-sourcing. For a nominal contribution you get a beautiful print signed by Jerry! Here's the link: