“John Phalane is a cartographic artist. He draws maps with coloured pencils of his native Limpopo province and of the streets and suburbs of Johannesburg, where he worked for a brief period of his life. His maps are artful, providing routes into and out of the ‘unknown’. But he also uses maps as shorthand for such ready metaphors as seeking location and experiencing dislocation, bringing order to chaos, exploring rations of scale, and charting new terrain.
The nature of his map art transcends the purely diagrammatic or semiotic. Like many cartographers, Phalane knows that embellishing maps with artistic elements can enhance their effect, making them more compelling through shear visual creativity.”
His Malete exhibition is on at Art on Paper (44 Stanley) Jo’burg until the 28th of January.
All images via: http://www.artonpaper.co.za