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The Cartographer's Dilemma

Macomb, IL – A new art exhibit uses multi-media to explore the relationship between duplication and culture.

The exhibit at the Western Illinois University Art Gallery is called "The Cartographer's Dilemma." It features work by a half-dozen artists: Paul Guzzardo, Jesse Codling, David Walczyk, Alan Brunettin, Emily Grothus, and Jordan Morrell.

"This is an exhibition that deals with tools," says Guzzardo. "In fact, the ledger refers to all of these various exhibits as different sorts of tools. That we develop a tool set to, as Robert Kaplan says, learn a different set of aesthetics."

The ledger says the exhibit plays with maps, myths and machines. It says the display examines the digital fog of image and sound and how it affects our democratic public sphere and civic identity.

The exhibit refers to figures such as Walter Benjamin, A. Q. Khan, and Edgar Allan Poe. It also references GPS systems, Facebook, and Cahokia Mounds.

Guzzardo leads an audio tour of "The Cartographer's Dilemma" that you can listen to by clicking on the audio button.

An opening reception will be held Tuesday, January 26, 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the gallery.

Guzzardo will present a gallery walk Wednesday, January 27, 11:00am at the gallery.

Walczyk will present the lecture "Print on the Brink: New Tools for Hard Times," Wednesday, January 27, 7:30pm at the Sandburg Theater in the Western Illinois University Union.

"The Cartographer's Dilemma" will remain on display until February 18, 2010.