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Each one of these fantasy maps of the known poetic and musical universe is hand drawn by Brendan Lorber and then letterpressed in an intimate edition on archival paper. They invite you to get lost within their wild topographies, and to discover yourself in new worlds perhaps better than this one. The ongoing series includes geographic celebrations of Joni Mitchell, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Robert Burns, Madonna, David Bowie, Gwendolyn Brooks, Edgar Allan Poe, Prince, Frank O’Hara, Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein and John Ashbery.
Travel down the page. Then drop a line if you'd like a print or if you'd like to commission a unique map of your own.
Brendan's fantasy maps have found homes at the Museum of Modern Art, The Free Black Women’s Library, Opus 40 Gallery, Artists Space, The Free Library of Philadelphia, The Woodland Pattern Center, The Scottish Poetry Library, and private collections in nine countries. He teaches mapmaking through Uncommon Goods.
The geographic portrayal of the realms would be impossible without visual worldbuilding practices made available through Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Gygax’s Dungeons & Dragons, and Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth. But they owe an equal debt to the earthbound cartographers of the Age of Exploration. Master mapmakers like Al Idrisi, Fra Mauro, and Gerardus Mercator. Now that our usual habits, motives, and methods for movement and action have been so disrupted, these maps offer new techniques for travel and adventure.
Brooklyn Magazine Feature
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The Believer Magazine Interview
The visceral experience of holding a printed piece, the snap in that paper stock, running fingers across those subtle impressions...