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Dana Velan
updated: 02/19/2012
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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London, Legendless maps
Montreal, Legendless maps
Legendless maps #14
Legendless maps #15
Winding river
Legendless maps #7
Legendless maps #10
Legendless maps #11
Legendless maps #12
Legendless maps #52
Clusters and flows
 
 
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London, Legendless maps  by Dana Velan
London, Legendless maps
Pen and ink and watercolor
2011
22 " x  30 " 
Montreal, Legendless maps by Dana Velan
Montreal, Legendless maps
Pen and ink and watercolor
2011
30 " x  44 " 
Legendless maps #14 by Dana Velan
Legendless maps #14
Pen and ink and watercolor
2011
30 " x  44 " 
Legendless maps #15 by Dana Velan
Legendless maps #15
Pen and ink and watercolor
2011
30 " x  44 " 
Winding river by Dana Velan
Winding river
Pen and ink and watercolor
2012
90 22 " x  88 30 " 
Legendless maps #7 by Dana Velan
Legendless maps #7
Pen and ink and watercolor
2010
22 " x  30 " 
Legendless maps #10 by Dana Velan
Legendless maps #10
pen and ink and watercolor
2011
12 " x  12 " 
Legendless maps #11 by Dana Velan
Legendless maps #11
Pen and ink and watercolor
2011
30 " x  44 " 
Legendless maps #12 by Dana Velan
Legendless maps #12
Pen and ink and watercolor
2010
30 " x  44 " 
Legendless maps #52 by Dana Velan
Legendless maps #52
Pen and ink and watercolor
2012
90" x  88" 
Clusters and flows by Dana Velan
Clusters and flows
Pen and ink and watercolor
2009
17" x  22" 

Artist Statement

 

Legendless maps

These pen and ink and watercolor drawings start as views of the land from above. Our gazes and fingers are sent afloat over the images, and the imagination soon follows. They remind us of maps. But they are the maps that remain images. The function of a map is to help us find our position. These maps are freed of that bond to realities. The common metaphors of a road map immediately come to mind: major and minor roads, town and cities, forests and parks, rivers, lakes and mountains. Some of them even remind us of cities that we know, like London, New York or Montreal. But at the end each drawing opens up a fictitious horizon, a place for the passing of images, a knot of lines and signs, colorful clusters and aggregates of data. Mapping is always an incomplete gesture, denied the fullness of space and detail. These drawings are a meditation on the act of mapping.