Star Maps

Lo Spazio, Venice Biennale: 1986
The Substance of Light, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of PA, Philadelphia: 1976
Point Source / Star Space: Milky Way Center by Earth Hour (1975 / 86). 106 x 282 inches (272 x 716 cm)
Point Source / Star Space: Weave of Ages (1975 / 86). 106 x 225 inches (269 x 571.5 cm)
(close-up) Point Source / Star Space: Sun Center by Earth Degree (1975 / 86). 106 x 297 inches (269 x 754.5 cm)

I wanted to look at space not for measuring, but to explore it from 3 vantage points of human perception: earth space projected out into star space (10 degrees of latitude), earth time projected into star space (hours of rotation), and conceptual space projected onto star space (the boundaries of the constellations). The cuts are organized along the 2 major pathways across the sky: the Milky Way, and the annual path of the sun through the zodiac.

The paintings are created with 428 photographs from an atlas of the stars, which cover the entire celestial sphere from pole to pole. The viewpoint is that of an observer at the center of the earth. If the maps were folded back into spheres they would be in human scale, around 6’ in diameter.