Studio Gallery Hosts a Talk with John Martin Tarrat

By Editorial Team on October 10, 2017
Photo courtesy of Studio Gallery.
Talk: Saturday, October 14 from 5pm

Studio Gallery announced an intimate discussion with author John Martin Tarrat to launch his new limited edition, UNMAPPED CARTOGRAPHY: Postcards from the Past and other Foreign Countries. Join them on Saturday, October 14, 5pm at Studio Gallery (2108 R Street, NW), where a companion exhibit by Tarrat’s longtime collaborator Langley Spurlock marks an event not to forget.

“A past is not just the past but the stories we tell,” says Tarrat. “About where we’ve been, what we heard, what we ate. And others who were there.” The Great Wall. And a grizzly bear. The Taj. The Raj. A last supper in Cuzco. Paul Gauguin’s naughty place in Paris. Iceland. Haiti. Cairo. Moscow. And Oz. More than 100 image-filled cartographies go back—and way back, from here to the Triassic. “You can call them poems. If you want. I sort of don’t. They’re miniatures…Funny, I hope. Sad, some. And not always kind.” Be warned. Be there.

John Martin Tarrat read history at Cambridge and wrote advertising copy in London, Amsterdam, and for Time Life in New York and Washington DC. His award-winning work appeared in several languages, in magazines and on radio and television. He is the author of three previous books: The Atlas of O, the story of Oxygen; The Winged Bestiary, an Abcedarium of Feathered Nonsense from A to Zumborouk; and The Drake’s Progress, the cautionary tale of a bathroom toy led diabolically astray.

Langley Spurlock has exhibited at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach and the Provincetown Museum in Massachusetts, among other venues.

Studio Gallery is the oldest artist-owned gallery in Washington DC. It features contemporary art in a variety of media by emerging and established artists. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, showcasing artworks by members, and holds special exhibitions for invited guests as well as guest curators.

Studio Gallery is located at 2108 R St. NW. For more information and all other inquiries about the Studio Gallery, visit their website at