George Lappas


George Lappas’ exhibition was an expansive sculptural landscape entitled Mappemonde, derived from the Latin mappa mundi, which means “worldmap.” In medieval times, this map usually encompassed the entire known world, and differentiation between the celestial and physical spheres was often ignored. Lappas’ installation consisted of clusters of small figures and semiabstract shapes made out of iron sheeting, which were arranged on square metal sheets painted white to look like paper and spread over almost the entire floor of this large gallery. Located at one end of the gallery was a house made of perforated iron sheets–the matrixes for the figures. Lappas created these various objects over a period of three years, 1984–87.

Mappemonde triggered a wealth of associations, recalling ancient hieroglyphs, Alberto Giacometti’s tiny sculptures evoking Egyptian deities and Etruscan bronzes, and David

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