Posts Tagged ‘maps’

Artist of the moment………Daniel Zeller


Daniel Zeller is a wonderful abstract artist whose finished works resemble maps. Daniel Zeller was born in San Rafael, California in the year 1965. For his collegiate education the artist attended the University of Connecticut where he earned a B.F.A. in art and sculpture. Zeller went on to earn a M.F.A. also in art and sculpture from the University of Massachusetts.

Zeller uses many items in composing a work. Some of these include actual topographical maps, diagrams, graphs, and even satellite images. The artist says in his artistic statement he is trying to portray a three dimensional world on a flat surface.

In this clip we visit the studio of the artist:

In this clip we view a show featuring Daniel Zeller from 2013:

I enjoy the creative shapes used by the artist. His shapes that he uses with yellow and white give each of his work an Op Art feeling. If you enjoy the work of this artist be sure and check out my post on artist Julie Mehretu. She also uses a variety of influences including architecture in developing her abstract works.

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Artist of the moment……Ken Kalman

Ken Kalman is a wonderful sculptor who uses animals,insects, and maps as his subject matter. Ken Kalman was born in Detroit, Michigan in the year 1955. For his artistic education Kalman attended Boston University , the University of New Mexico located in Albuquerque, New Mexico earning a bachelors degree in painting. The artist also earned a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Kalman creates his artwork  out of cast aluminum and found materials.

The artist works in varied sizes from table sized works to public sized commissioned works made out of cast aluminum.

In this clip we view a show featuring the sculptures of Ken Kalman:

Kalman was also a teacher at many colleges and universities in California including the San Francisco Art Institute and Modesto Junior College.

Kalman is part of many prestigious collections including the United States Department of State located in Washington D.C. and the NBAs Milwaukee Bucks.

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Its great to see insects portrayed in sculpture. Kalman has a great sense of design. Some of his sculpture animals works remind of the graphic artist Charley Harper.


Artist of the moment….Paula Scher

Paula Scher is an American artist born in Virginia that loves to work with maps and cartography in her artwork. Scher works for Pentagram, a design company that has offices around the world in London, New York, Berlin, and Austin, Texas.

In this clip we listen to Scher as she talks about a project in creating a cover for Fast Company magazine.

For her collegiate studies Scher attended the Tyler School of Art located in Philadelphia.

For nearly a decade Scher worked with CBS Records and Atlantic Records designing album covers and promotional materials.

She started her own company but a recession came along and the company folded,  Paula Scher then went to work for Pentagram in their New York office.

Part of teaching faculty at the School of Visual Arts of New York.

Scher has done much work for the Public Theater company, helping to bring to focus on up and coming playwrights and actors living in New York City. For this project she designed many promotional posters.

Other promotional jobs include the the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, and Museum of Modern Art.

Also designed a logo for Microsoft.

Her first show using her unique combo of maps and text was wildly successful and was extended as all the pieces sold out. Prints were even made to keep up with the demand. The map paintings sold between $40,000 and $135,000.

Scher is the author of two books.

price range info: Prints range $3,000 to $15,000 and originals reach $150,000.

To close this article we listen to Scher’s thought’s on New York City and the art scene.


Artist of the moment……Street and graffiti artist Duster

A great link that allows you to purchase works from the artist.

In this clip we see a great interview with Duster talking about his history with tagging.

A side note is that much of Duster’s works are done on transit maps of larger cities, mainly New York. It reminds me of the artist I recently blogged about Joyce Kozloff who also incorporates the use of maps in her artwork.

Price range information: Smaller works can be found starting at a few hundred dollars, check out the link above. They are originals and not giclees!

In this clip we visit another street artist named Med alongside Duster in the city of Los Angeles, California.

Back in the day Duster worked with a group called United Artists. He was among the first artists to tag an entire subway car.

Duster is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A link for the artist’s own website. A word of caution, the music plays too damn loud on so you might have to turn on the mute button on your device!

A street artist now in the collection of the Met! Wow!