Weekend Heller: Paula Scher Navigates The U.S.A.

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Years in the making, Paula Scher’s latest collection of obsessive and minutely detailed map paintings and prints is now on view in her exhibition U.S.A. at the Bryce Walkowitz Gallery (505 W. 24th St., NYC) from Feb. 18–March 26. This is the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. What a treat to see them up close.


U.S. Geography and Climate, 2014, acrylic on hand-pulled silkscreen, 36 3/4 x 54 1/8 inches


U.S.A. Airline Routes, 2014, acrylic on on hand-pulled silkscreen, 36 3/4 x 54 1/8 inches

“Displaying a powerful command of image and type, Scher has devised a novel way of subjectively twisting and confounding the visualization of data. For this exhibition, Scher has created a body of large-scale cartographic paintings focusing on the United States. Paintings as tall as 7 feet depict the country swirling in torrents of information and undulating with colorful layers of hand-painted boundary lines, place names and commentary. Different sets of data—population demographics, transportation flows, geography, and climate—are employed to make connections and establish patterns. While the information can in no way be interpreted as literal fact, the expression of it demonstrates a personalized understanding of the diversity of the United States.”

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