Agloe, NY   2014 - Ongoing  About 3 hrs. north of New York City, just outside of the Catskill Mountains, there is a fictional town named Agloe, NY. First appearing on New York State roadmaps in 1925, Agloe, NY was created by cartographers Otto G. Lindberg and Ernest Alpers for the General Drafting Co. as a copyright trap to reveal plagiarism of their map. In the 1950's the town of Agloe appeared on the map of a competitor, Rand McNally. Seemingly plagiarized, the General Drafting Co. threatened a lawsuit for copyright infringement. But Rand McNally was innocent. In the intervening years, Agloe had entered into existence when a local resident built and operated the Agloe General Store, officially registering the business with the Delaware County Administration, at the exact location where Otto G. Lindberg and Ernest Alpers had planted Agloe. Eventually, the Agloe General Store went out of business, but Agloe continues to appear on paper roadmaps to this day and even appeared on Google Maps until it was deleted in 2014. Through a chance meeting and subsequent interview with the last resident of Agloe, NY, historical maps, architectural drawings, postcards, photographic documentation, and a Google Image search intervention the larger Agloe, NY project challenges what defines reality, how we make reality, and ultimately how the fake can become real in our physical and digital worlds.

Agloe, NY

2014 - Ongoing

About 3 hrs. north of New York City, just outside of the Catskill Mountains, there is a fictional town named Agloe, NY. First appearing on New York State roadmaps in 1925, Agloe, NY was created by cartographers Otto G. Lindberg and Ernest Alpers for the General Drafting Co. as a copyright trap to reveal plagiarism of their map. In the 1950's the town of Agloe appeared on the map of a competitor, Rand McNally. Seemingly plagiarized, the General Drafting Co. threatened a lawsuit for copyright infringement. But Rand McNally was innocent. In the intervening years, Agloe had entered into existence when a local resident built and operated the Agloe General Store, officially registering the business with the Delaware County Administration, at the exact location where Otto G. Lindberg and Ernest Alpers had planted Agloe.
Eventually, the Agloe General Store went out of business, but Agloe continues to appear on paper roadmaps to this day and even appeared on Google Maps until it was deleted in 2014.
Through a chance meeting and subsequent interview with the last resident of Agloe, NY, historical maps, architectural drawings, postcards, photographic documentation, and a Google Image search intervention the larger Agloe, NY project challenges what defines reality, how we make reality, and ultimately how the fake can become real in our physical and digital worlds.

  Agloe, NY (Lisa's Home)   historical map, architectural drawing, postcard 22" x 28"  2017  By chance, while exploring Agloe and the surrounding area, I met Lisa, the last resident of Agloe, and subsequently interviewed her about her time in the town. The work Agloe, NY (Lisa's Home) is a commissioned architectural drawing based on Lisa's memories and sketches, including a floor plan she drew for me. I made my own drawings based on all that Lisa had shared and then commissioned an architect to interpret all of these materials and realize a blueprint which could someday be used to rebuild Lisa's home in Agloe. The architectural drawing is exhibited alongside a historical map on which Agloe appears, and postcards of Agloe, NY which are freely available to the public.

Agloe, NY (Lisa's Home)

historical map, architectural drawing, postcard
22" x 28"

2017

By chance, while exploring Agloe and the surrounding area, I met Lisa, the last resident of Agloe, and subsequently interviewed her about her time in the town. The work Agloe, NY (Lisa's Home) is a commissioned architectural drawing based on Lisa's memories and sketches, including a floor plan she drew for me. I made my own drawings based on all that Lisa had shared and then commissioned an architect to interpret all of these materials and realize a blueprint which could someday be used to rebuild Lisa's home in Agloe.
The architectural drawing is exhibited alongside a historical map on which Agloe appears, and postcards of Agloe, NY which are freely available to the public.

  Agloe, NY (Lisa's Home)  (installation view, The Drawing Center, NY, NY)  historical map, architectural drawing, postcards Approximately 30" x 62"  2017

Agloe, NY (Lisa's Home)
(installation view, The Drawing Center, NY, NY)

historical map, architectural drawing, postcards
Approximately 30" x 62"

2017

  Agloe, NY (Rosa Rugosa)   archival pigment print Dimensions variable  2014  During a 2014 residency in the Catskill Mountains, I began visiting the site of Agloe to document its flora and fauna through photography. This collection of photographic documentation was subsequently planted onto the Internet and now appears in Google's Image Search results for the term Agloe, NY.

Agloe, NY (Rosa Rugosa)

archival pigment print
Dimensions variable

2014

During a 2014 residency in the Catskill Mountains, I began visiting the site of Agloe to document its flora and fauna through photography. This collection of photographic documentation was subsequently planted onto the Internet and now appears in Google's Image Search results for the term Agloe, NY.

  Agloe, NY (Reflection)   archival pigment print Dimensions variable  2014  During a 2014 residency in the Catskill Mountains, I began visiting the site of Agloe to document its flora and fauna through photography. This collection of photographic documentation was subsequently planted onto the Internet and now appears in Google's Image Search results for the term Agloe, NY.

Agloe, NY (Reflection)

archival pigment print
Dimensions variable

2014

During a 2014 residency in the Catskill Mountains, I began visiting the site of Agloe to document its flora and fauna through photography. This collection of photographic documentation was subsequently planted onto the Internet and now appears in Google's Image Search results for the term Agloe, NY.

  Agloe, NY (Danaus Plexippus)   archival pigment print Dimensions variable  2014  During a 2014 residency in the Catskill Mountains, I began visiting the site of Agloe to document its flora and fauna through photography. This collection of photographic documentation was subsequently planted onto the Internet and now appears in Google's Image Search results for the term Agloe, NY.

Agloe, NY (Danaus Plexippus)

archival pigment print
Dimensions variable

2014

During a 2014 residency in the Catskill Mountains, I began visiting the site of Agloe to document its flora and fauna through photography. This collection of photographic documentation was subsequently planted onto the Internet and now appears in Google's Image Search results for the term Agloe, NY.

  Agloe, NY (Malus Domestica)   archival pigment print Dimensions variable  2014  During a 2014 residency in the Catskill Mountains, I began visiting the site of Agloe to document its flora and fauna through photography. This collection of photographic documentation was subsequently planted onto the Internet and now appears in Google's Image Search results for the term Agloe, NY.

Agloe, NY (Malus Domestica)

archival pigment print
Dimensions variable

2014

During a 2014 residency in the Catskill Mountains, I began visiting the site of Agloe to document its flora and fauna through photography. This collection of photographic documentation was subsequently planted onto the Internet and now appears in Google's Image Search results for the term Agloe, NY.

  Agloe, NY (Solidago Odora)   archival pigment print Dimensions variable  2014  During a 2014 residency in the Catskill Mountains, I began visiting the site of Agloe to document its flora and fauna through photography. This collection of photographic documentation was subsequently planted onto the Internet and now appears in Google's Image Search results for the term Agloe, NY.

Agloe, NY (Solidago Odora)

archival pigment print
Dimensions variable

2014

During a 2014 residency in the Catskill Mountains, I began visiting the site of Agloe to document its flora and fauna through photography. This collection of photographic documentation was subsequently planted onto the Internet and now appears in Google's Image Search results for the term Agloe, NY.

  Agloe, NY (Google Image Search)   archival pigment print Dimensions variable  2017     Click here to view Google Image Search results for Agloe, NY.

Agloe, NY (Google Image Search)

archival pigment print
Dimensions variable

2017



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