Date of Graduation
Master of Fine Arts in Art (MFA)
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Cartography, Drawing, Painting
Off the Grid explores the messy relationship between public and private perceptions of our urban spaces, especially the tensions created when lived experience runs up against the physical and conceptual networks of cities: street grids, construction tape, and property lines. Incorporating different modes of spatial representation, from cartographic diagrams to isometric illustrations and Renaissance perspectives, this exhibition examines the role drawing plays in how we conceptualize the divisions and definitions of everyday space. The drawings engage the often overlooked detritus of city life, from layers of old graffiti to overgrown dirt piles and unmoored electrical wiring, that complicate our understanding of how urban space is actually used. Drawn from the spaces surrounding the artist’s daily routine, Off the Grid investigates the potential of a subjective cartography to tell a more complete story about the places we inhabit.
Buffington, Matthew Owen, "Off the Grid" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 1977.