Monday, January 12, 2015

Palais de Tokyo & Frankfort, MI


Looking forward to a great February, when I will have two shows opening.

The first of which is at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.
It opens on Feb. 16 and will be on exhibition until May 17th.
Palais de Tokyo
13 Avenue du President Wilson,
75116, Paris, France
http://www.palaisdetokyo.com/


We will be opening Feb. 27th at the Oliver Art center in Frankfort, MI.
The map will be up there until April 13th.
Oliver Art Center
132 Coast Guard Road
Frankfort, MI 49635
http://oliverartcenterfrankfort.org/

Hope to see you there!

Friday, January 9, 2015

A New Way To Buy Map Images?



Brainstorming ways to make the map easily accessible and view-able to anyone, we came up with the idea of offering scans of Map panels for $.99/each. The .jpeg images would be delivered via email after purchase and would accommodate high enough resolution for you to print at home. However we wanted to send some feelers out before taking on this project- would anyone have any interest? Feel free to reply here or send me an email at sgattic@aol.com


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Map Installation


Our friend, Kathryn, mounted her collection of Map prints in her stairway.

What a great idea!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Technology and me


This is my idea of modern. I refer to it as "clamshell chic." It's basically all the technology I care to have on my body. I do old-fashioned phone calls and receive texts and answer them with as few letters as one or as many as three. I get internet information from my laptop. I get directions from large pieces of printed paper called "maps." I play word games on my wife's i-Phone. Oops! She tells me that I need my own, but I resist. I need to go technology-free for big chunks of my day. That's why I garden. I love that those tiny seeds contain all the instructions for making a long vine which produces giant orange fruit which get carved into spooky candle-bearing jack-o-lanterns. Way more efficient than the silicon guts of cell phones.


Friday, November 14, 2014

SoHo Artist




In the early 1980s I was living in a loft in New York's SoHo. The building I was in was zoned AIR, Artist in Residence. In order to occupy the space I had to qualify, in the eyes of the NYC Office of Cultural Affairs (or some such name), as an artist. I laid the Map out on the floor, climbed a step ladder, and took pictures. I submitted the slides to the certification folks, and they balked a little since I said that I had never exhibited. But they came down for a site visit and decided that, yes, I was an artist. It was shortly after these photos were taken that the Map was put away for a twenty-year rest.



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bored?


People often ask me if I get bored working on my Map since I work on it every day that I am at the farm. The simple answer is, "No." And the image above is a principal reason. I never know what is going to develop on the page in front of me. Today N14/E26 came up in the draw, and the card that lead me to it also read "wave paint." That meant that around the already existing beige "banana" I was going to add a band of darker beige (the next color on my palette) in a wave pattern. I then dated the new paint (1169 in Map years) and added the orange dotted lozenge. I had to tape this panel to the one below it in order to accomplish that. While I was at it and contrary to all my own rules I added the faint blue rectangle in colored pencil. That was a whim, but I liked it enough to consider doing that sort of thing to future panels. 

When I was done I had a composition which pleased me a lot. I know that most of you who follow my work are most intrigued with the "mappiest" panels, the ones which most resemble maps that we all know, but I hope that you will also come to appreciate some of the compositions that the deck of cards dictates in its own random way.

Not boring at all!  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Map Factory Update



Here are some shots taken today of the current state of the 'Map Factory', with Tyler and me working on preparations for the upcoming shows. We are hunkered down indoors as some of the first snowfall of the season hits Northern Michigan.