Jon Singer

"Evidence of mapmaking suggests that the map evolved independently in many separate parts of earth. Marshall Islanders made stick charts for navigation. Pre-Columbian maps in Mexico used footprints to represent
roads. Early Eskimos carved ivory coastal maps. Incas built relief maps of stone and clay. Chinese literature contains references to maps as early as
7th century B.C."


Oricle de Delphes

Pigment, Stucco on Board, 2009

15 x 18 in. (38.1 x  45.75 cm)




(Site of Mass Suicide)

Pigment, Stucco on Board, 2011

15 x 17.5 in. (38.1 x  44.45 cm)

In ancient times, Chinese cartography was more advanced than their contemporaries'. Their maps were accurate and detailed compared to other ancient maps.




Western Sahara Morocco

Pigment, Stucco on Board, 2008

22 x 17 in. (55.88 x  43.18 cm)



( The Celebrated Sea Monster

Pigment, Stucco on Board, 2010

17 x 22 in. (43.18 x 55.88 cm)

The Greeks understood that the earth was a sphere. Eratosthenes accurately calculated the circumference of the earth using angle measures.



Mumbai India

188 Killed

Pigment, Stucco on Board, 2008

18 x 15 in. (114.3 x 80 cm)



Tell Edfu

Pigment, Stucco on Board, 2008

17.5 x 14 in. (114.3 x 80 cm)

Europeans implemented the metric system which introduced a simpler and more universal language for map scale. The Greenwich prime meridian was established.




(Central African Republic)

Boss angora Bangui

Pigment, Stucco on Board, 2007

19 x 15 in. (48.26 x 38.1 cm)

Jon Singer

Born: November 1948

Raised: Rhode Island



1966-67 University of Rhode Island

1967-70 School of Visual Arts

1970-74 US Navy Motion Picture Photographer


I was born in New York City and attended the School of Visual Arts there. My fascination with the

relationship between art and science coupled with my need to escape the linear mentality of western art – which has its counterpart in the equationistic relativity of Einstein — drove me to explore another approach, namely, a nonlinear, algorithmic one influenced by the science of Henri Poincaré, Benoit Mandelbrot and Kurt Gödel.


This approach set me on a new course of artistic action – one moved by an algorithmic understanding; this understanding frees me to explore whole other artistic concepts and directions and led me to create the ‘maps of approximation’ which were presented in the Florence Biennale in 2005.



2005 Firenze Biennale

2002 The Station

1996 Urban Frontier Group

1996 Westbeth Gallery

1995 Works of 25 Contemporary Artists

1991 Jon Singer

1989 Jon Singer/Soocheon Jheon

1986 Group Show:

1988 Black & White, Tweed Gallery

1985 Jon Singer. Jus de Pomme Gallery

1985 Group Shows: Kamikaze Club, NYC & Governor Cuomo, 2 World Trade Center

1984 O/C Group Show – Procter Art Center

1984 Jon Singer. Jus de Pomme Gallery

1983 Collage/Assemblage – Mississippi Museum of Art

1981 Group Show: Alan Stone Gallery

1981 Whitney Counterweight 3

1980 Group Show: Race Gallery

1978 Group Shows: Art in Public Spaces

1977 Group Show:


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