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In his Map Works series, Dallas-based artist Matthew Cusick has created intricate collages out of maps and acrylic paint.  Echoing traditional Japanese woodcuts in some and Lucian Freud in others, the images depict people and the natural world through the harsh lines and bold colors of maps.  It is almost as though humanity’s attempts to capture and illustrate the complexity of Earth with a series of spheres, borders, and grids is being reflected back as a truly futile mission.  For more information on the artist, please visit his website.

Bonnie, 2004 by Matthew Cusick

The Rachel’s Wave, 2011 by Matthew Cusick

Shauna, 2011 by Matthew Cusick

Fiona’s Wave, 2005 by Matthew Cusick

-Jayme Catalano

The artwork of David Ball appeals to my inner, frightened child.  Reminiscent of children’s book illustrations, his works are surrealistic, uncanny, and haunting.  His creatures, simultaneously cute and grotesque, repel and fascinate.  When I first viewed them at 941geary.com, I was fascinated by this artist and I immediately wanted to know more about the brain behind these twee ghouls and their other worlds.  San Francisco based director and photographer Shaun Roberts made a short and fascinating documentary exploring Ball’s attempt to “process feelings about the tenuous nature of relationships” and the motivation behind the work.

David Ball — Moving Towards Light from Shaun Roberts on Vimeo.

Please visit David.Ball.Net for more information.

-Jayme Catalano