Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The generations

The images above, of panel S6/W11, show typical changes in Jerry's Map panels from one generation to the next. That area has gone from undeveloped rural land to a growing urban landscape, the city of Penfold. It now has been attacked by the Void.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Huge new Void, V.107!

Last Friday I drew the card above which instructed me to do 38 new 3" higher dimension squares. The panel receiving that treatment was N19/W13. The result is shown above. The additional Void areas covered parts of the contiguous panels. In all, 114 square inches of previously green agricultural terrain was covered. In addition, 27,125 inhabitants of the city of Nas Bartha, started in 2004, were sent to the new dimension.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Museum donation update

In the summer of 2016 I made a gift of Map panels to the Aichi Prefectural Art Museum in Nagoya, the host institution of the Aichi Triennial. It was out of gratitude for the invitation I had been given to participate in that massive show.

Last year, after the American Folk Art Museum chose me as one of the three artists featured in their annual "Uncommon Artists" lectures, I made a gift to them. That, coupled with the Nagoya gift, spurred me to make similar gifts to other museums throughout the world.

To accomplish my project I made a list of 52 museums and put their names in a jar. I drew names at random and proceeded to send each one a square block of 20 original Map panels like the one above.

To date 16 museums have been sent panels. Four have accepted the gift; five have rejected the offer; and the rest have yet to respond. Of the five rejections only two have returned the panels.

I now look on this project as part of the art making process itself. I have long claimed that my Map is part of the real world, not a framed object apart from it. So, finding an ultimate home for my work is a natural element in the life of the Map.

I welcome suggestions for museums which might welcome a gift from me.

Thank you!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Jerry at MIT

This coming Friday, February 9, I will be speaking at MIT at a symposium sponsored by the Storytelling Space Group. The talk is open to the public, and I'd be happy to see other "worldbuilders" there. Here's the link:


Sunday, December 24, 2017

Jerry at the Folk Art Museum

I plan to be at the American Folk Art Museum in New York from 2 to 5PM on January 21, 2018, the day the show "Vestiges and Verse" opens. It includes about 400 of my Map panels.

I hope to see you there!

For all the details go to folkartmuseum.org.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

The newest Void

The newest Void, V.102, is actually pretty old as Voids go. It dates back to Map Year 731 or January, 2007 in our time. It goes back to a time when Voids were simply marker "Incursion" and were not numbered. I rediscovered it just today when the instruction card took me to its neighbor, panel N10/W22. I then assigned it the next "V" number, 102.

Voids have recently turned a corner on the Map and are now beginning to take over large chunks of terrain. I am fascinated as I watch them turn whole panels white and then grey.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Upcoming dates

On January 21, 2018 I will be at the American Folk Art Museum in New York for the opening day of their show, "Vestiges and Verse." The show, curated by Valerie Rousseau, will include about 400 Jerry's Map panels like the ones above. For more information, go to folkartmuseum.org.

An organization at MIT devoted to storytelling and worldbuilding has invited to to speak at a symposium in Cambridge in early February. Details to follow.

Then, on May 10, I will be back at the Folk Art Museum to lead a workshop on map making. The details are at the Museum's website.

I hope to meet some of you at one (or more) of these events!