GET CARTA brings together eight contemporary artists linked by their use of mapping in their varied practices concerned with social, political and cultural structures.
at Karin Janssen Project Space
Karen Ay, Claire Brewster, Stephen Harwood, Vanessa Rolf, Susan Stockwell, Cally Trench, Stephen Walter, Emma J Williams
Curated by Stephen Harwood
"Now this is the map of the district, and by the markings you can see where I hope to find what I seek..."
Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders, or, The Underground Search for the Idol of Gold, Victor Appleton, 1917
GET CARTA brings together eight contemporary artists linked by their use of mapping in their varied practices concerned with social, political and cultural structures. However, rather than simply present artists who use the form, or the 'look' of the map, GET CARTA aims more specifically to investigate the artists' use of, or reliance on, explorations carried out previously by others.
Whether such mapping belongs more to the world of fiction than fact—an artistic invention rather than a Cartographer's presentation of data—or is based on an atlas, globe or the street plan of a city or transport system, such material seems to provide a necessary framework for these artists in navigating their chosen locales as they (re)create them. The reliance may be slight or barely perceptible, a mere reference or starting point, or may be so strong and persuasive as to inhabit the form of the artist's investigation entirely. It may even provide some sort of strength of purpose.
GET CARTA aims to explore how these past investigations are claimed by these artists, enabling something new to be said.
Preview: Thursday 7 June, 6-9pm
7 - 17 June 2012
Friday to Saturday, 12-6pm
Karin Janssen Project Space
213 Well Street, Hackney,