Artist explores the unexplained in Legend

Nick DeFord, detail of Points of Interest (Bermuda Triangle) Adhesive label tape on map, 2007.

Photo by Nick DeFord

Nick DeFord is a Master of Fine Arts candidate in Fibers in the ASU Herberger College School of Art.

Nick DeFord presents Legend, a diverse body of work that explores the visual culture of geography, cartography and other structural systems of information, which he edits and alters in order to present viewers with glimpses of the mysterious. The pieces range in subject matter, from 16th century maps to contemporary mythology and folklore, but each explores our relationship to place, identity, loss, and the unknown. The artist uses materials and techniques such as embroidery, Whiteout, and colored pencil in repetitive "hand-mechanical" processes that make the work seem personal, familiar, and urgent.

Harry Wood Gallery, School of Art building, 900 S. Forest Mall, ASU Tempe campus

Exhibition: Sept. 29 – Oct. 3, 2008

Reception: Monday, Sept. 29, 7–9 p.m.

Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Public Contact
Nick DeFord
ASU Herberger College School of Art
Master of Fine Arts candidate

The School of Art is a division of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Its printmaking, photography and art education programs are nationally ranked in the top 10, and its Master of Fine Arts program is ranked eighth among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. The school includes four student galleries for solo and group shows by graduate and undergraduate art and photography students: Gallery 100, Harry Wood, Northlight and Step. To learn more about the School of Art, visit

Media Contact:
Nick DeFord
Interim Gallery coordinator