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Artists: Juan Geuer, Antonia Hirsch, Gwen MacGregor, Eric Raymond, Sandra Rechico
November 24, 2006 - January 28, 2007

Curator: Renee Baert

November 23, 2006 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM, preceded by a tour of the exhibition with curator and artists at 6:00 PM.

Panel and Open Discussion: Imagined Geographies
January 18, 2007 at 6:00 PM
Symposium on artistsí maps

While landscape has been a recurring motif in Canadian art, and is a central part of some of its richest heritage, a less visible cousin in the field of the topographical imagination has been the activity of artistsí maps. Conceptual Cartographies, at the Liane and Danny Taran Gallery of the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts from November 24 to January 28, presents contemporary mapworks by five Canadian artists. Whereas maps traditionally encode territory and place, this exhibition of artistsí maps, curated by Renee Baert, foregrounds the invisible, immaterial and abstract.

Montreal artist Eric Raymond's Scribe uses miniature to trace altered cartographic contours excerpted from satellite images and electromagnetic waves. Vancouver artist Antonia Hirsch creates maps in which countries are scaled to reflect statistical data. Ottawa artist Juan Geuerís series of cartographic grids, made of intersecting lines etched on mylar, create abstract cartographic orderings which are subtly disordered through minute twists and other irregularities in the transparent lines. Toronto artists Sandra Rechico and Gwen MacGregor propose maps that trace their passage through urban space. While MacGregor utilizes Global Positioning Satellite devices to record her itineraries through space and time, Rechico traces her movements through the use of notebooks and city plans, the data from which are then transposed into acetate drawing or wall works, whose variable densities further record patterns of movement.

Top image: Antonia Hirsch, Rivers&Borders; (2006), Photo: Weili Yeh