Cartographic Grids (Where is Bolivia?)

Juan Geuer

Date de naissance 1917
Lieu de naissance Soest, Holland
Date du décès 2009
Lieu du décès Almonte, Ontario
Technique tracé sur mylar blanc entre deux plexiglas
DATE 1977
DIMENSIONS 59,1cm x 54,6cm x 1,9cm
Numéro d'acquisition 2013.04.02
Détails Collection de la Galerie d'art d'Ottawa : don d'Else Geuer-Vermeij, 2013
Description du catalogue
An upward curving annular section (curved trapezoid shape) of a grid of 20 quadrants with the longest radius pointed up, against a white background. The centre horizontal line is darker than the other interlines. The piece is on paper, mounted beneath heavy Plexiglas. This is one of Geuer’s early geophysical grid maps, where the finely scribed lines are barely visible on the white Mylar unless held up to light. The grid reveals an underlying truth or reality represented by a scientific process, appropriating the basic gridlines of longitude and latitude, and abstracting them to investigate of our sense of place. The work is particularly biographical, as is betrayed by the title’s reference to Bolivia, where Geuer lived from 1939 to 1954, referring directly to Geuer’s own sense of place.

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