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Cartographic Collages Put Josh Dorman on Map

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We’ve been known to swoon over antique maps (don’t even get us started on Martha Stewart‘s canny cartographic cornering of Maine), but New York-based artist Josh Dorman manages to improve on the bleached hues and buzzing topographic outlines of vintage maps by weaving in swirls of color, bubbling grids, and ink doodles that look ripped from the notebook of Leonardo da Vinci if he had been a bored high school physics student. So successful are Dorman’s dreamscapes that an obstinacy of buffalo seem a perfectly logical counterpoint to a Louise Nevelson-style block tower hovering menacingly in the corner.

“Paper that has lived a life and shows its age compels me to paint,” writes Dorman on his website. “I am intrigued by systems I do not understand and by information that is no longer relevant.” Try to wrap your head around it all at his solo museum exhibition debut on Sunday. On view through January 11, 2009, at L.A’s Craft and Folk Art Museum, “Within Four Miles” includes works created over the past decade, like “Sacrament II: Blissdale” (2006, pictured above). The show’s title, of course, maps to the past. According to the museum, “Within Four Miles” is inspired by Lewis and Clark‘s ability to make accurate predictions about uncharted lands.

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