About the Book
Using map making as an attempt to (re)engage with experiences of any given place, The Forgotten Space can be interpreted in 2 ways. 1: as an aid to remembering the facts and fictions, clear analyses and emotional garbage, destructive and constructive thoughts which constitute my truth within these journeys. At heart, is a desire to see it reflect/connect with how others react to what they see and experience within the spaces (although I admit to including many idiosyncrasies within the map notes). 2: as an attempt to see geographical space as something we do actually forget. Blanking out the banalities and ignoring injustices, careless to the class and gender-based injuries which play out in a sly manner on streets and in transport terminals. This socio-cultural habit is obscured as we pass through in our daily races, no doubt increasingly zoned-out with the aid of personalised technologies.
John Ledger is a visual Artist, eternal meanderer and obsessive self-reflector by nature, who can’t help but try to interpret everything from within the tide of society. His works predominantly take the form of large-scale ballpoint pen landscape drawings and map-making as social/psychological note-making. They are slow-forming, but defiant responses; it takes time to truly figure out what he wants to say about our social reality, seeing his works as an attempt at mapping this social/psychological landscape.