Thursday, December 10, 2009

Map Blow Up!

I just had a couple of the Map panels blown up to 4 by 5 feet and printed on heavy billboard vinyl. They look fantastic! I'll probably offer them on eBay soon. Let me know if you are interested!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Map Tile Blizzard!

I have been peppering Cold Spring with map tiles (those little 2 by 3 inch prints mounted on recycled cardboard). Have you found some? Please let me know! And if you want more, let me know that, too. If you put all the tiles together you will have a map that is 8 feet high! It's a big job, though, since there are almost 2100 different panels at this point.

And also please take a look at the full-size ( 8 by 10 inches) panels for sale on eBay. Search "Gretzinger map".

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Opening

The opening at Christopher Henry Gallery on November 5 was a smashing success. The place was packed. My family and friends were there, and I met several artists. What a pleasure!

The NY Post was also there and I got a whole paragraph in the paper! Check it out:

Thursday, October 29, 2009

On a Brighter Note........

I met with Chris and Jamie at the Christopher Henry Gallery in New York yesterday, and we made plans to show about 280 Gretzinger Map panels there opening November 5! Florent Morellet ( of the late Cafe Florent and a fellow map-maker) approached the gallery about doing a show based on Kitty Harmon's new book, "The Map as Art", and they leaped at the chance. The show opens at 127 Elizabeth Street from 6 to 9 next Thursday and runs through January 10. Come see it!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Post ArtPrize Crash!

Participating in ArtPrize was such a rush for me. And now it is over. Artists have been packing up their work and carting it back to New York and South Bend and Paris. The trucks were arriving to take the winning painting off to GRAM for longer term viewing. I was copying the panels which I sold and putting the copies in place of the originals.

Now I am back at the farm. It's trying to snow here but only managing to sleet. The bulbs still need to be planted before I can go back to my cozy basement studio in Cold Spring and start to work in earnest again on the Map.

In November I will show some of the panels in a group show featuring the work of the artists in "The Map as Art", a book by Katherine Harmon. More on that a little later!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Is the Map for Sale?

Well, yes, as a matter of fact it is! Individual original panels of the current generation are available for $200 apiece or four for $700. You get the panel as displayed. I make a photocopy of it and start to rework that panel. That way you have the only copy of that panel at that stage of its execution. On panels sold while ArtPrize is in progress UICA will receive $60. A good way to support both artist and institution!

Signed and dated prints of many panels are also available on eBay. Search "Gretzinger Map" and take a look!


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Map Puzzle

Yesterday I placed about a hundred of the "maptiles" on ledges in downtown Grand Rapids. If you found one and know someone else who found one then compare tiles. They may match! All the tiles put together would form a 1/16 scale version of the entire Map, and it would be 8 feet square!

I'll be putting more out today. Let me know what you find......

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Wanna Be Part of The Map?

Since 2004 I have been asking friends to be "guest artists" on The Map. If you would like to join us, email me. I will tell you how to submit a guest artist panel! Your piece will go in the backlog of guest sheets and will be added to The Map when an "Add Guest Artist" card is drawn from the stack. Submissions are taken on a first-come-first-served basis. Your art becomes a new panel on The Map. I copy your sheet also to use as collage material. Your work gradually blends into the over-all fabric of The Map.

C'mon along!

Friday, September 25, 2009

So What's With the Tiles?

Have you found a little "map tile" in downtown Grand Rapids? In 2003 I started printing 1/16 scale versions of Map panels and placing them in public places- ledges of buildings, gas pumps, supermarket shelves...... Kids began to collect them. To date over 6000 of these little guys have made their way into others' hands. Find yours now!

Friday Dawn

The sun is coming up in Maple City, Michigan, and I am getting ready to go to Grand Rapids again. Bill Allen, Bob Purvis, a couple of their friends, my son, Henry, and I are going down to distribute more "map tiles" and see more art. This process is so exciting! I'll be hoping to meet some of you there.....

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Video available online

Hello all-

I've posted the video on Vimeo for all to watch and enjoy. Check out the video and tell me what you think!


Hey everybody! I've been spending time in Grand Rapids mounting the Map for ArtPrize and meeting other exciting artists in the process! I got here on Wednesday the 16th. Lucky, Ray and I put up 233 of the Map panels that day. Bill Allen and I got the other 380 panels up over the 20th and 21st. Thanks to all who have visited the Old Federal Building and given me encouragement. I appreciate it!