MARK LOMBARDI AND THE MORAL LIVES OF GRAPHS
| Brandon Dorn’s Ignite! at Eyeo 2018 |
Mark Lombardi was a conceptual artist who, in the 80s and 90s, made a series of diagrammatic drawings that depicted complex networks of crime, fraud, conspiracies, and other abuses of power on high. He gathered information from published news sources (recorded on the 14,000 notecards in his collection) to provide a factual basis for his art — panoramic, large-scale maps of people, entities, and the relationships between them. This is an introduction to Lombardi's work, and what it means to try to visually represent structures of power. His pieces exist in an ambiguous space between art and journalism, able to be experienced as either, and in many ways anticipated the data journalism we see today.