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Artists and Maps: Cartography as a Means of Knowing

Date: September 4, 2003 PDT Location: Hoffman Gallery

Hoffman Gallery

Wednesday, August 27-Friday, August 29, 11a.m.-4 p.m., New Student Orientation/Parent Preview

September 4 - October 19, 2003

Opening Reception:

Thursday, September 4, 5-7 p.m.

Traditionally, map making is a craft in the service of knowledge, associated with issues of power, authority, geographic boundaries, and natural history lessons. Many contemporary artists use cartography-the tools, process, or imagery of mapping-to achieve non-traditional expressions. This exhibition will feature work by nationally known artists who use maps or map making in their work, including Paul Berger, Karen Guzak, William Kentridge, Joyce Kozloff, Patrick Nagatani and others.

Gallery Talk with Landon Mackenzie, Thursday, September 4, 5 p.m.

Landon Mackenzie’s series of monumental paintings, Tracking Athabasca begins as a visual interpretation of the Canadian region the northern area that divides Saskatchewan and Alberta but ends up as a cinematic narrative of the history and spirit of the land. Part archivist and part historian, Mackenzie studies archival and recent maps, documents on the fur trade, commercial charters, railway promotions, and war records to arm herself with the materials that find their way into her work. Her paintings create a visual reinterpretation colonial Canadian history and challenge assumptions about western exploration. Mackenzie lives in Vancouver, British Columbia and teaches at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.

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