Josh Dorman Turns Maps Into Dream Landscapes

Amy Rose Spiegel :: Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 5:20 pm

Josh Dorman’s current exhibition at Mary Ryan Gallery in the West Village consists of gorgeous drawings and paintings on old maps and dark (in the figurative and literal sense) graphite drawings of whales and a nautilus.  It’s hard not to think of time when you look at them.  I was struck by the elaborateness of every piece and was stuck imagining the artist at work for long, long stretches.  More than this, though, I loved the juxtaposition of the antiquated maps and the wholly contemporary artwork inflicted upon them.  What would the cartographers think?

I highly recommend checking the exhibition out.  The works seem muted online; it’s tough to see the textures of the maps and the color of the fresh paint against them.  Despite this, they’re still stunning when you visit them at the website above.  The work is strange, intriguing, and oddly beautiful - everything that I believe that an exhibition should be.

2 Responses to “Josh Dorman Turns Maps Into Dream Landscapes”
  1. Link to the artist’s work? Where is it? It looks great but it would help if you guided me right to a porfolio…

    Posted by: Ted January 27th, 2010 at 7:08 pm
  2. Sorry, there isn’t a way to. You have to just go to the website and look at the current exhibitions.

    Posted by: Amy Rose Spiegel January 27th, 2010 at 8:15 pm