my friend james who i traveled with in new zealand surprised me with a package >i love mail< containing this wonderful print called the Great Bear, after a few conversations we had about information art and the gorgeous images and visual / literary relationships artists are creating.
it is modeled after london’s tube map (so i especially love it, bc i had to memorize that map and it was a big part of my life for many months, to ensure i did not go home drunk on the district line, but to instead always stumble back to the circle line and be able to wander home to lovely queen’s gate terrance–OHHH i miss those days! and of course the nights!!)
but instead of actual tube stops, the transit map is populated with famous thinkers and doers. actually, why i dont just let wikipedia, my bff, explain this to you: “At first glance the work looks like the London Underground Tube map, but Patterson uses each line to represent groups of people, from scientists, saints and philosophers to comedians, explorers and footballers. He subverts the concept of maps and diagrams as authoritative sources, and challenges our assumption that they can be utilised without question by taking this iconic information source and adding his own idiosyncratic data to it.”
the work is by Simon Patterson, and was on display in the Tate Modern, which is my favorite modern art museum in the world. here is a detail pic:::