Dan Wonderly and His Chaos Maps

Click on the thumbnails to see larger versions of Chaos Map 08 and Chaos Map 09

Dan Wonderly is our latest featured artist. He shared with us the genesis of his “Chaos Maps,” which he describes as “paintings derived from riding the subways of New York City.”

Wonderly says:

Sometimes a daily occurrence, sometimes a dreaded grind, and sometimes a brief respite from the above-ground nation, a quick slash of a charged card provides admission to a system of transit boasting more than 842 miles of track. Over approximately one and a half years of interacting with these transportational devices–observing, sketching, and testing the chaos ratio of my daily commute–this labyrinth of chortling steel and electricity revealed a myriad array of maps. Some of these are visible, while some are implied or interpreted.

Although it is unlikely you will see any of these “maps” on your ride through paradise, it is the intent of the work to convey a certain methodology inherent to the journey. Whether it is two blocks, a 16-minute nap, or possibly some sort of nexus to another dimension, let the lines and composition slip into your unconscious mind so that the next time your stop approaches you have something to gaze upon in the meantime.

Also included next to each work is a combination of words entitled Expository Numens from your co-conductor for this ride: Mr. Matt Reeck. Matt is a working poet residing in Brooklyn who also teaches English at Brooklyn College.

These are my maps and my interpretation of an approximate 617 hours logged on the F, A, and various lines of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s network of steel and chaos.

These paintings were created in 2008. I am currently working on a series of portraits in this same chaos style and will be posting updates as to my progress here.

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