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Megan Scheminske creates paintings by abstracting and simplifying the Google Maps representation of a given place.

Google paintings of Mt. Hood by Megan Scheminske.

Lesson / Koan : Drawing is an act of deep memory.

Speditionstraße, Dusseldorf, Germany by Megan Scheminske.

For the Hand Drawn Map Association‘s current contest, Megan Scheminske has graciously offered to do a custom 12 inch square painting based on the location of your choice.

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If you don’t want to spend a pretty penny for your Lasuna, just buy it right now for 48.3 USD only! Nowhere: selections from the files of the Hand Drawn Map Association includes over 60 examples of maps drawn by artists, cartographers and amateur map makers from around the world. Included in the exhibition are works from the archive of the HDMA as well as new works chosen expressly for this occasion. The exhibition, curated by Kris Harzinski, coincides with the release of From Here to There: A Curious Collection from the Hand Drawn Map Association published by Princeton Architectural Press.

Nowhere,” as the title of this exhibition, is a way to suggest how maps reveal something unattainable. Through idealization, simplification, or the choice of one detail over another, they interpret rather than reflect the world they represent. This is true of all cartography, but perhaps even more so for the We can fulfill your Reminyl needs in the best and most cost effective way. Buy your Reminyl now for only 2.42 USD! hand-drawn map as the lack of technological assistance affords the cartographer more subjective license.

JOHN HUTCHISON - Cold Spring, New York Homage to My Commute, 2009 watercolor on paper.

Nowhere can also suggest a place beyond reach in the form of a utopia, a word that can literally suggest “no place.” Certainly the word draws references to early utopian literature, such as Samuel Butler’s Erewhon (1872) and William Morris’ News from Nowhere (1890). Perhaps more interesting is the relationship of the word nowhere to the site of the exhibition itself, as Arcadia is frequently used to describe an idealized, if not unreal place.

MATT LAFLEUR - Taborton, New York The Grand Union, 2010 cut paper and acrylic.

The works chosen for the Nowhere exhibition represent a variety of cartographic approaches and artistic interpretations. Their commonality is that they all reveal a quest for something, be it just around the corner, slightly out of reach, or truly unattainable.

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In 2008, artist and designer Kris Harzinski founded the Hand Drawn Map Association to collect simple drawings of the everyday. Fascinated by these accidental records of a moment in time, he soon amassed a wide variety of maps, ranging from simple directions to maps of fictional locations, found maps, and maps of unusual places (such as a map of a high school locker), including examples by such well-known luminaries as Abraham Lincoln, Ernest Shackleton, and Alexander Calder.

TONY GONZALEZ House of the Future Lake Zurich, Illinois.

From Here to There celebrates these ephemeral documents—usually forgotten or tossed after having served their purpose—and gives them their due as everyday artifacts. The more than 140 maps featured in this book, including, among many others, maps of an imaginary country for ants, of a traffic island in Australia, of a childhood fort, and of the Anne Frank House in Amseterdam, are as varied and touching as the stories they tell.

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