by A. Denes
Map Projections takes our globe and transforms it into several trigonometric shapes, while keeping correct mapping measurements. When Buckminster Fuller whom I met a few years before his death saw the book exclaimed: I should have done this!” He was so impressed, he sent me his dimaxion map as a present. Map Projections distorts perspective and creates these absolutely funny forms from our globe, such as a Doughnut, (tangent torus), where the North Pole and the South Pole meet in the hole of the Doughnut pulling in the continents; Snail (helical toroid), the Egg, (sinusoidal ovoid), The Lemon (prolate ovoid), and a Hot Dog, a Pyramid, a Dodecahedron and a geoid, which allows a continent to escape the earth and form the moon. The longitude and latitude lines are unraveled and the continents are allowed to float in space and assume new configurations. Mathematical forms are projected over fluid space to create maps that are witty and mysterious. As soon as a form was created, I dissected it into its fragments to yield further beauty in a new form. Playing such games with our orbiting home, our only home in the universe is brazen, but makes for good art. And helped by perfect printing, produced a gem. This was an absolutely beautiful book done by Joan and her press.
Isometric Systems in Isotropic Space: Map Projections
title note: [T. Shaw]
birth: single 1931
Visual Studies Workshop Press
themes: Time and Space representations [T. Shaw]
artists' book (local)
related works: work of Buckminster Fuller [T. Shaw]
community: workshop Visual Studies Workshop [T. Shaw]
exhibition history: The work of Agnes Denes has been exhibited and written on extensively.
manuscript type: other
location: other 29 original drawings in various Museum and other collections worldwide.