Mapping Heaven



Mapping Heaven 
Front Room Gallery

147 Roebling St  Brooklyn, NY 11211 +1 718-782-2556
Soft Opening - Monday, November 22, 2013
Reception - Friday, December 13th, 2013 7-9pm
as part of 
Williamsburg Every Second Friday gallery night

Gallery Hours Friday — Sunday 1 - 6pm 
and by appointment 






Mapping Heaven explores the intersection between diagramming or mapping and the yearning for understanding the bliss, terror, beauty and overwhelming immensity of the universe as a spiritual place. 


BABETTE ALLINA <> SALLY CURCIO <> ALLEN HANSEN <> DENNIS HLYNSKY 
THOMAS LYON MILLS <> IGOR MOLOCHEVSKI <> LINDSEY NOBEL 
ANNE LAPRADE SEUTHE <> PATRICIA SMITH <> LARRY WALCZAK


The idea for the show has its genesis in "Darwin's God" by Robin Marantz Henig, a March 4th, 2007, New York Times Magazine article which discussed Stephen Jay Gould's idea of religion as a spandrel in the evolutionary biology of the brain.

A spandrel in architecture is the triangular space between the shoulders of two arches and the ceiling above it. Spandrels are a byproduct of the architect's intent to hold up a ceiling or dome with a colonnaded row. There was never any intent to make a spandrel.

Stephen Jay Gould appropriated this architectural term to describe religion as a byproduct of the evolutionary tools of agent detection, causal reasoning and theory of mind. Those who cherish religious belief need not be offended. Wouldn't "Intelligent Design" preprogram our brains to search for God. 

Gould's choice of an architectural term becomes poetic when viewing art that explores mapping and the diagram as a metaphor. As Thomas Lyon Mills, artist and educator, wrote,
"Like mapmakers, we draw and paint what we observe, but find our drawings inevitably cross over into the unknown, for, like maps, they are never truly,
wholly accurate, never allowing for shifting points of view, or even the necessity of dreams. This then, is our region—where the visible and invisible meet, where the observed and the intuitive lie side by side, and where the seen pays a constant debt to the unseen." 

There is a visual overlap in the appearance of diagraming and mapping even though one helps you understand something and the other helps you find someplace. But when the thing and place are unknowable, it's hardly a meaningful distinction. 

Artist Dennis Hlynsky notes that "One of the diagram’s most intriguing aspects is how it allows us to see a mind at work, thinking things out on paper, unconcerned about whether others will find that thinking coherent. Diagrams can easily leap time and space, bridging unlike ideas and giving form to otherwise impossible notions or invisible plots." 


Linda@linda Griggs 
917 496-7058 
Past Curatorial Projects 



  INSTALLATION VIEWS   PRESS

DENNIS HLYNSKY
Single Channel Video
Dennis Hlynsky Snapshot 2013-05-16 20-23-23



 BABETTE ALLINA
Installation
Projection of the extreme tides on the Bay of Fundy on racing sails

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IGOR MOLOCHEVSKI
Installation 
When the gallery visitor turns the mallet in the Tibetan Singing Bowl
the sound generated affects the geometry projected onto the wall 

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Pages from invisible beast




THOMAS LYON MILLS
Mixed Media on Paper 

Catacomb 43 




PATRICIA SMITH 
Painting on Rubber
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Lindsey Nobel
Mixed Media

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ANNE LEPRADE SEUTHE
Painting
Mapping Heaven In Progress 4 Linda Griggs 




ALLEN HANSEN
Painting & Drawing
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Larry Walczak
Collage
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SALLY CURCIO
Sculpture
Mixed media beaded sculpture 
based on Google Map images

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Curcio_Orbit_City 





INSTALLATION SHOTS
 

Dennis Hlynsky's video projected onto window of Front Room Gallery
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Babette Alina
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Igor Molochevski
Vibrations from the Tibetan Singing Bowl affect 
the visualization of the geometric equation 
projected on the wall 
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Thomas Lyon Mills and Allen Hansen 
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Allen Hansen 
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Allen Hansen and Lindsey Nobel
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Allen Hansen, Lindsey Nobel, Sally Curcio, and
Dennis Hlynsky
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Lindsey Nobel and Dennis Hlynsky
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Dennis Hlynsky and Patricia Smith
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Lindsey Nobel, Dennis Hlynsy and Patricia Smith
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Lindsey Nobel, Sally Curcio, and Dennis Hlynsky
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Lindsey Nobel, Sally Curcio, Dennis Hlynsky, 
Patricia Smith, and Sally Curcio
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Patricia Smith and Sally Curcio
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Dennis Hlynsky (projection on window), Sally
Curcio, Larry Walczak, and Anne LePrade Seuthe
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Sally Curcio and Larry Walczak
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Larky Walczak, Sally Curcio, 
and Anne LePrade Seuthe
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Anne LePrade Seuthe, Babette Alina, 
and Thomas Lyon Mills
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT 
LINDA GRIGGS at 917 496-7058 or Linda@lindaGriggs.com
or FRONT ROOM GALLERY +1 718-782-2556
147 Roebling St  Brooklyn, NY 11211, United States 







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