Jonas N.T. Becker

Blank Topographies
Preformed resin maps and paint

Each year, Becker selects a topography relief map of the most expensive mountain real estate in the US as determined by market values. The maps are purchased pre-formed from commercial websites where collectors trade them in a hobbyist market that mirrors the luxury real estate market. Once painted the same color of the wall, the maps conceal the symbolic language of land-based capital—the markers for towns, roads, and businesses, which define the area’s economic worth, have disappeared. The minimalist images draw a relationship between the commerce of art, land, and the false neutrality of maps, questioning what is valued and why.

175 Million, 2017
120 Million, 2017
182 Million, 2018
290 Million, 2019

Courtesy of the artist.