Archive for January 18th, 2011


Mapping the Big Apple Launch Party

"Post-Apocalyptic New York" by Robert Altbauer

I’m psyched to forward an invitation from Jonathan Roberts, cartographer extraordinare, to the opening party of the Mapping the Big Apple: Visions of New York show, where image above and many more like it will be on view! The launch is this Thursday from 6:30 until 8:30 at at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art, 138 Sullivan Street, New York.

I got in touch with Jonathan when I was organizing the panel about D&D in contemporary art – he wasn’t able to attend, but he told me about this show then:

I’ve taken the Cartographers’ Guild – a site that normally does fantasy maps – and run a 2 month challenge to map New York. We’ll be showing the resulting pieces at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art through the winter. The pieces range from a traditional map of Central Park, to a 3D illustration of the original fort in new Amsterdam to a map of the interior of the Statue of Liberty overrun by goblins. There’s a heavy fantasy bent to many of the pieces, but overall a lot of good maps. It’s interesting to see the influences that were brought to bear in the contest.

I ran a show through the summer of fantasy maps – with pieces from Mike Schley, Corey MaCourek and Jared Blando (Wizards and Paizo respectively) as well as lots of very talented hobbyists. It went really well, but I kind of assumed I was the only one doing D&D inspired art (and particularly maps!) on the New York gallery scene.

I’ve been looking forward to this for quite some time and hope to see y’all at the launch party! For those who won’t be able to make it on Thursday, the show is open 12-6 Tuesday to Friday, 12-5 Saturday until March 16th and is free to enter. Folks who aren’t in NYC can check out an online preview of the maps; prints will be on sale.

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