I use data visualization and systems-based strategies to investigate globalization in my work. I am interested in the movement of people, businesses and organizations, and the effect this has on contemporary perceptions of place. I emphasize globalization’s role in producing greater connectivity between increasingly complex environments through political systems, individual travel and international business organizations.

In my own travels, I have often experienced an environment first through a map and second as an actual place, forcing me to apply the location to the flat images of the map. This experience from the abstract to the concrete and back again informs my work, which transforms the familiar conventions of maps and popular images into unfamiliar landscapes.

Through extensive research of corporations, political systems, governmental organizations, etc., I look to discover how each views and identifies with the world. I transform this information into a visually complex piece with conceptually disorienting elements. By layering images I try to create ambiguity between different locations and environments while retaining a sense of separation among the parts. I hope that my work challenges viewers to consider the relationships among various regions while reevaluating their understanding of place in a global community.More images at chaderpelding.com.

Gallery: Maps, Data, Art

Chad Erpelding’s geographic mashups

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  • Donald Winiecki

    Chad’s work contains ideas that are very good for thinking other ideas with — and to follow Marylin Strathern, it matters what ideas we think other ideas with.