Rachel's Wave, 2011
Matthew Cusick’s work makes us wish we could do away with our GPS-powered digital maps and return to the paper ones – only so that we could cut them to pieces. This isn’t mere destruction for destruction’s sake: once he’s ripped his old maps to shreds, the Dallas-based artist gets to work painstakingly rearranging all the pieces in an interesting way.
With only the most judicious use of paint and ink, leaning as much as he can on the maps’ original colours, Cusick crafts astonishing collages depicting everything from cascading waves to vintage cars to Bedonkohe Apache leader Geronimo.
Red & Blue, 2010
Course of Empire (Mixmaster 1), 2003 I
Three Horses, 2011
Three Horses (detail), 2011
Thanks to Designboom for pointing us in the right direction.