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!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The great art giveaway!


Earlier this year I made a gift of 20 Jerry's Map panels (like the ones above) to the American Folk Art Museum in New York. That act inspired me to do the same for other museums both in the U.S. and overseas. The Aichi Prefectural Art Museum in Nagoya had already accepted a gift after the Triennale there in 2016.

So, I made a list of potential donees and put their names in a hat. I used the same process to determine which group of panels the museum would receive. The first gifts were sent out in June. One museum graciously accepted. Two museums rejected the offer, but only one of the two returned the panels. The most recent package went out yesterday.

If you know of a museum or other public institution which would like like such a gift please let us know! I'll put their names in the hat.


Friday, October 20, 2017

A fresh invitation to artists


The panel above was created by Chris Hassig, a very talented artist, and given to Jerry's Map six or eight years ago. It has been to Edinburgh, Paris, and Nagoya and is now being absorbed into the fabric of the bigger Map. Bits of the panel, copied on label paper, have been sprinkled throughout the larger work as collage.

You can become a guest artist, too. Any 2-D, 8 by 10 inch images are eligible. Maybe some of you who follow Jerrymapping on Reddit would like to contribute!

Questions? Email me at gretzingermap@gmail.com.

Watch here, too, for details of a Jerrymapping workshop to be held in New York in 2018.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Also on Etsy


In addition to Map prints and originals we are offering original instruction cards on Etsy. They're going for about $15 each, and there's a good selection available right now. Check it out!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

JerrysMap on Etsy!


Julie just finished stocking our new Etsy store, JerrysMap! Take a look! There are instruction cards, postcards, prints, and original panels. All proceeds from store sales go directly back into the production and showing of Jerry's Map. Thanks!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

More than you'd ever want to know about Jerry's paint rituals



I recently revised my system of paint mixing. The paints in the box, 35 of them, constitute the current Map palette. Those bottles queued up on the right are waiting to get blended into that palette. When the "Add new color" command comes up in the cards the next jar on the wait list gets added to the jar bearing that day's date. As much of is added as is needed to fill the dated jar to the neck. The altered jar gets shaken, and samples of the new color are recorded in my log book and painted onto the jar's cap.

This represents a fairly radical change from the old "Add new color" protocol. In that earlier version the new color was added to the palette jar nearest the new color in hue. That meant that changes to the palette were pretty subtle. Under the new rules a bottle of blue might be added to a current bottle of red or yellow. The results would be, as you can imagine, fairly dramatic.

The new protocol may result in a palette that consists of 35 shades of mud or taupe. That would cause me to rethink the whole process. We'll see!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Permanent homes for the Map



I am embarking on a project  to find permanent homes for Jerry's Map. Last year I donated 60 panels to the Aichi Prefectural Art Museum in Nagoya.  What I am proposing to do now is to give groups of 20 contiguous panels each (like the one pictured above) to as many as 150 museums worldwide. A major American museum in New York is currently in the process of accepting the first 20-panel gift.

As you probably know, because of the iterative process of creating the Map, there are several versions of it. Currently there are three complete sets and one partial one. The donated groups will come from what is known here in the studio as "Exhibition One," the oldest complete version. Sets 2 and 3 will remain available for shows.

If you know of a museum that would like to be considered for this project please contact us. We're open to suggestions!

Thank you.