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MAZES AND MAPS from Pyramid Atlantic

Curated by Andrew Wodzianski

Featuring work by: John James Anderson, Irene Chan, Wesley Clark, Nick DeFord, Tim Hutchings, Zofie King, Casey Jex Smith, and Andrew Wodzianski

On view in Pyramid Atlantic's gallery May 29–July 11, 2021.

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For many of those who sheltered in isolation or in a small group this pandemic year, playing games has been a much needed source of entertainment and socialization. MAZES AND MAPS celebrates the importance of the game while putting focus on a particular aspect: cartography.

In this eight person exhibition, each artist has uniquely interpreted game maps through a balance of projection, labeling, and symbology. Some works are pure whimsy, but others are deeply reflective and socially acute.

Curator Andrew Wodzianski remarks, “MAZES AND MAPS excites me on a personal and professional level. Personally, gaming has been my favorite pastime since childhood. I've spent countless hours rolling dice, knocking pawns, and shuffling cards. It's a dream come true to combine my hobby-of-choice into a professional setting. The assembled artists push game iconography into thought-provoking areas that test my perception of entertainment.”

“Any game is dependent on rules, and games abstracted onto boards, paper, and screens are also reliant on visual design rules,” continues Wodzianski. “These artworks are rooted in the formal elements and principles of design. Patterns, rhythms, and contrasts abound. However, while games' visual aesthetics are in service to their rule sets, the pieces in MAZES AND MAPS frequently grow in twisting directions that are delightfully unexpected.”


2013
  • Casey Jex Smith
  • 2013, 2013
Pen on paper
38 x 58 in
(96.52 x 147.32 cm)

\I-Ching Cards/
  • Irene Chan
  • \I-Ching Cards/, 2019
Artist book, offset-printed cards from relief prints
6.5 x 4.5 x 1 in
(16.51 x 11.43 x 2.54 cm)
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Automatic Poem 1
  • John James Anderson
  • Automatic Poem 1, 2018
graphite on paper
9 x 7 in
(22.86 x 17.78 cm)

Automatic Poem 2
  • John James Anderson
  • Automatic Poem 2, 2018
graphite on paper
9 x 7 in
(22.86 x 17.78 cm)

Automatic Poem 3
  • John James Anderson
  • Automatic Poem 3, 2018
graphite on paper
9 x 7 in
(22.86 x 17.78 cm)

Back Cover: Thousand Year Old Vampire
  • Tim Hutchings
  • Back Cover: Thousand Year Old Vampire, 2020
Enamel pin
1.5 x 1 in
(3.81 x 2.54 cm)

Belendithas (Bernie)
  • Casey Jex Smith
  • Belendithas (Bernie), 2016
Pen on paper
10.5 x 7.5 in
(26.67 x 19.05 cm)

Bermuda Triangle
  • Nick DeFord
  • Bermuda Triangle, 2015
Hand-sewn sequins on game board
19.5 x 23.5 in
(49.53 x 59.69 cm)

Cold War Navy
  • Tim Hutchings
  • Cold War Navy, 2020
Game book
9.5 x 7.75 x 0.25 in
(24.13 x 19.69 x 0.64 cm)

Confabulation Carnival
  • Zofie King
  • Confabulation Carnival, 2016
Found objects, acrylic, transfers on puzzle, plywood, motor, thread, plexiglass
16.5 x 32 x 1.5 in
(41.91 x 81.28 x 3.81 cm)

DIY Conceptual Artist- Boxed Game with Book
  • John James Anderson
  • DIY Conceptual Artist- Boxed Game with Book, 2013
Book and Boxed Game
8 x 5 x 2 in
(20.32 x 12.7 x 5.08 cm)

Double Word Score
  • Nick DeFord
  • Double Word Score, 2017
Hand-sewn sequins on game board
14 x 14 in
(35.56 x 35.56 cm)

Fairy Tale Bingo
  • Irene Chan
  • Fairy Tale Bingo, 2007
Artist book
10.5 x 6.75 x 0.75 in
(26.67 x 17.15 x 1.91 cm)

Fake Game 1, Green and Purple on Yellow Beige
  • Tim Hutchings
  • Fake Game 1, Green and Purple on Yellow Beige, 2021
Digital print on aluminum
20 x 20 in
(50.8 x 50.8 cm)

Fake Game 2, Purple and Green
  • Tim Hutchings
  • Fake Game 2, Purple and Green, 2021
Digital print on aluminum
20 x 20 in
(50.8 x 50.8 cm)

Fake Game 6, Grey Squares
  • Tim Hutchings
  • Fake Game 6, Grey Squares, 2021
Digital print on aluminum
20 x 20 in
(50.8 x 50.8 cm)

Front Cover: Thousand Year Old Vampire
  • Tim Hutchings
  • Front Cover: Thousand Year Old Vampire, 2020
Enamel pin
1.5 x 1 in
(3.81 x 2.54 cm)

Gyre
  • Nick DeFord
  • Gyre, 2019
Hand-sewn sequins on game board
15 x 15 in
(38.1 x 38.1 cm)

King Belian Shipsale (Obama)
  • Casey Jex Smith
  • King Belian Shipsale (Obama), 2012
Pen on paper
10.5 x 7.5 in
(26.67 x 19.05 cm)

Labyrinth
  • Zofie King
  • Labyrinth, 2015
Found objects, C-prints, acrylic
16.5 x 32 x 1 in
(41.91 x 81.28 x 2.54 cm)

Laverne and Shirley
  • Nick DeFord
  • Laverne and Shirley, 2020
Hand-sewn sequins on game board
18 x 18 in
(45.72 x 45.72 cm)

Loyal Udogold (Colbert)
  • Casey Jex Smith
  • Loyal Udogold (Colbert), 2012
Pen on paper
10.5 x 7.5 in
(26.67 x 19.05 cm)

Moving Parts Concentration
  • Irene Chan
  • Moving Parts Concentration, 2009
Artist book to be played as concentration card game in a wood box
1.25 x 3 in
(3.18 x 7.62 cm)

Our Vacation
  • Tim Hutchings
  • Our Vacation, 2020
Game book
9 x 11.5 x 0.5 in
(22.86 x 29.21 x 1.27 cm)

Pantheon
  • John James Anderson
  • Pantheon, 2015
Board game with 3d-printed pawns
10 x 10 x 2 in
(25.4 x 25.4 x 5.08 cm)

Poor Sport: Bless Your Heart
  • Andrew Wodzianski
  • Poor Sport: Bless Your Heart, 2021
Wooden board game pieces on printed paper, mounted to board
12 x 12 x 1 in
(30.48 x 30.48 x 2.54 cm)
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Poor Sport: Cool story
  • Andrew Wodzianski
  • Poor Sport: Cool story, 2021
Acrylic on printed paper, mounted to board
12 x 12 x 1 in
(30.48 x 30.48 x 2.54 cm)
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Poor Sport: GENTRIFY THIS!
  • Andrew Wodzianski
  • Poor Sport: GENTRIFY THIS!, 2021
Acrylic on printed paper, mounted to board
12 x 12 x 1 in
(30.48 x 30.48 x 2.54 cm)
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Poor Sport: HELLO THERE
  • Andrew Wodzianski
  • Poor Sport: HELLO THERE, 2021
Acrylic on printed paper, mounted to board
12 x 12 x 1 in
(30.48 x 30.48 x 2.54 cm)

Poor Sport: RAGE QUIT
  • Andrew Wodzianski
  • Poor Sport: RAGE QUIT, 2021
Enamel on printed paper, mounted to board
12 x 12 x 1 in
(30.48 x 30.48 x 2.54 cm)

Poor Sport: the husband did it
  • Andrew Wodzianski
  • Poor Sport: the husband did it, 2021
Acrylic on printed paper, mounted to board
12 x 12 x 1 in
(30.48 x 30.48 x 2.54 cm)
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Poor Sport: trash from BROOKLYN
  • Andrew Wodzianski
  • Poor Sport: trash from BROOKLYN, 2021
Acrylic on printed paper, mounted to board
12 x 12 x 1 in
(30.48 x 30.48 x 2.54 cm)
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Poor Sport: Under sexed
  • Andrew Wodzianski
  • Poor Sport: Under sexed, 2021
Acrylic on printed paper, mounted to board
12 x 12 x 1 in
(30.48 x 30.48 x 2.54 cm)

Poor Sport: VIRGIN ISLAND
  • Andrew Wodzianski
  • Poor Sport: VIRGIN ISLAND, 2021
Acrylic on printed paper, mounted to board
12 x 12 x 1 in
(30.48 x 30.48 x 2.54 cm)

Poor Sport: WHOA HOLY SHIT
  • Andrew Wodzianski
  • Poor Sport: WHOA HOLY SHIT, 2021
Acrylic on printed paper, mounted to board
12 x 12 x 1 in
(30.48 x 30.48 x 2.54 cm)

Quarantine
  • Casey Jex Smith
  • Quarantine, 2020
Pen on paper
24 x 38 in
(60.96 x 96.52 cm)

The New American Pastime
  • Wesley Clark
  • The New American Pastime, 2015
Oil paint, resin, plywood
68 x 52 in
(172.72 x 132.08 cm)

The Profiteers I: Enslavement
  • Wesley Clark
  • The Profiteers I: Enslavement, 2019
Oil, latex, shellac, plywood
48 x 60 in
(121.92 x 152.4 cm)

The Profiteers II: Imprisonment
  • Wesley Clark
  • The Profiteers II: Imprisonment, 2019
Oil, latex, shellac, plywood
49 x 79 in
(124.46 x 200.66 cm)

Thought Exercise: VI
  • Wesley Clark
  • Thought Exercise: VI, 2019
graphite on paper
7 x 9 in
(17.78 x 22.86 cm)

Thought Exercise: VIII
  • Wesley Clark
  • Thought Exercise: VIII, 2019
graphite on paper
9 x 7 in
(22.86 x 17.78 cm)

Thousand Year Old Vampire
  • Tim Hutchings
  • Thousand Year Old Vampire, 2020
Game book
8.75 x 5.75 x 0.5 in
(22.23 x 14.61 x 1.27 cm)
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