Working with maps has been the focus of Matthew Cusick’s studio practice since 2002. He is captivated by the art and science of cartography and the multitude of ways maps represent the spatial complexity of the world.
Using collage as his primary medium, his process is founded on the idea that the material used to make art should bring about a revitalization of its content. The map’s visual and contextual properties serve as a device to render an image, forming hybrid topographies that traverse the passage of history. Cusick meticulously cuts, splices, and inlays diverse fragments of maps into the picture plane, creating surfaces that are distinctively flat and seamless, a completely autonomous system in which the origin of the separate elements is submerged in the final image.
The exhibition will include a selection of archival prints of Cusick’s work, focusing on his map collages of waves. Waves embody the beauty and terrifying power of the ocean and they figure prominently in Cusick’s body of work. The world is governed by an ocean that covers more than seventy percent of our world. Learning to navigate the ocean is how we came to know the world and consequently map it. The fragmented maps of Cusick’s waves reconfigure the world and suggest alternative histories. They elicit the powerful and volatile nature of the sea while contemplating the fragility of our environment.
MATTHEW CUSICK: Of All This World At Once
Exhibition Dates: May 15 – July 31, 2021
Open House: Saturday, May 15, 2021 from 12noon – 4pm
HOLLY JOHNSON GALLERY
1845 EAST LEVEE STREET #100
DALLAS, TEXAS 75207