One of my favorite Berkshires activities was visiting the enormous contemporary museum, Mass MoCA. I was really excited to find out that the museum was hosting a live exhibition surrounding Jerry Gretzinger’s map installation. Jerry first started doodling images (when he found himself bored at his day job) of places he hadn’t visited (specifically Paris and London), but had thoroughly dreamt of. The sketchbook rapidly grew and Jerry’s drawn panels developed into a large 2,000 square foot grid. The composition continues to morph as he re-works certain panels daily. This on going process is very fascinating to me.
I was completely blown away by Jerry’s map, which we viewed on display against a black floor. I could have stared at the piece for hours and still not absorbed each intricate little detail. I found the piece to be mesmerizing to say the least and look forward to having my own slice of Jerry’s map one day!