Gwarlingo. Dan Mills: What’s in a Name? (The Secret Lives of Maps), 2021

By Corwin Levi. View/download Link

Everything in Mills’ artwork feels purposeful and considered. Countries are colored according to whatever color is dominant in their flag, and if the flag has three equal colors, Mills uses the top color. The color scheme of some American maps is derived from Jasper Johns’s famous 1961 painting, Maps. And his titles are often, in explanation, a paragraph long—sometimes even being color coded so the viewer can match any given part of the art with what it represents.

 —Corwin Levi

Gwarlingo Secret Lives of Maps 6 2021