New York

Lordy Rodriguez


Imagine Texas situated on the eastern seaboard, New Mexico boasting the charms of Eau Claire, Little Rock, and New Haven, Oklahoma forming the southern border of Canada, and Kansas with many ports. This is the United States of America according to twenty-four-year-old artist Lordy Rodriguez, who for three years has been involved in an ongoing project to reconfigure the nation according to his own imagination. Submitting geography to a process of declassification, Rodriguez recently completed the overall map of his new country, whose outline no longer conforms to the nation’s real contours: Not only have states moved from one coast to the other, but the entire land mass has been exploded and reshaped. Five new states have been added: Disney, The Internet, Hollywood, Monopoly, and Territory State (an amalgam of Samoa, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico, perhaps in reference to the artist’s

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