This pocket sized, double sided, hardback cloth bound bookwork by artist Euan Macdonald brings together texts by Shevill Mathers, an amateur astronomer and Bill Bingham, an amateur historian. The publication was produced to coincide with the exhibition You are My Nebula/You are my Sunshine by Euan Macdonald at the Contemporary Art Gallery, December 1, 2006 to January 14, 2007. The bookwork is one of three works commissioned for the Contemporary Art Gallery. The book is composed in Hoefler Text & Times and printed on 115 gsm Yu Long paperstock.
Euan Macdonald isolates ideas, making them manifest with simple gestures and through simplifying the visual field. For Nebula, his solo exhibition at the CAG, Macdonald presented a 16mm film loop of a nebula captured through the telescope at the Mount Wilson Observatory in Los Angeles. Unlike the human eye, which cannot translate colour at such distances, film and video cameras can read the multiple colours particular to nebulae. Yet Macdonald still chose to forget the awesome spectrum of color, portraying the cluster of stars in black and white. He removed information not just to represent how the human eye sees, but to draw attention to the means of representation in order to create a lull between spectacle and sublime understanding. As part of Nebula, the CAG co-published a limited edition artist bookwork with Verlag Fur Moderne Kunst, Nurnberg that consist of an amalgamation of stills and drawings.MORE