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December 13, 2006

Matthew Cusick

Lisa Dent Gallery
San Francisco
Now through December 15

Matthew Cusick's maps lead nowhere. Clipped from yellowed atlases and geography textbooks, the pieces gather together aging blues, whites, pinks, and golds of antique cartography to construct bleak landscapes with oblique references to American foreign policy and Western imperialism. This show's standout is the visual mashup of The Course of Empire (Mixmaster II) . Cusick spins, rearranges, and overlaps familiar shapes of continents and national borders into a wall-size configuration of a world gone awry — the cartographic aftermath, perhaps, of global revolution. In another series of three large works, he skillfully inlays map clippings to depict complex, marble-white highway interchanges traversing stark, ravaged terrains.


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