Zoom Out: Jenny Odell's Google Satellite View Art

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Zoom Out: Jenny Odell's Google Satellite View Art Zoom Out: Jenny Odell's Google Satellite View Art
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Zoom Out: Jenny Odell's Google Satellite View Art

by Alissa Walker

October 17, 2010

 While most artists focus on getting as close as possible to what they're capturing, Jenny Odell is content to study her subjects from thousands of miles away. Odell uses the technology of Google Maps to make her art, whether its the colorful, patterned terrain of Google Satellite View or the block-by-block faux-urbanism of Google Street View.

 

The reason we're telling you about this today is that Odell's 195 Yachts, Barges, Cargo Lines, Tankers, and Other Ships is currently being showcased on this week's 20x200, the affordable art project by Jen Bekman (who has written about the importance of affordable art for us before). It was not an easy task collecting these almost 200 boats lovingly snipped them from our global fabric: Odell spends hours scouring the earth to locate appropriate subjects for her pieces.

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