and per se and part III – Albrecht Durer and Katie Paterson
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, 5 – 15 April 2017
and per se and is a rolling sequence of exhibitions where one work is paired with another for two weekly periods, across a stretch of 12 months. The starting point was, Mark Wallinger’s film The End, which was joined in the gallery by Albrecht Dürer’s The Apocalypse, an extraordinary volume of fifteen woodcuts made in 1490 and published 1511. For Part III of this sequence the Dürer, with its pages turned to another image, The Opening of the Fifth and Sixth Seals is joined by Katie Paterson’s investigation of our cosmos, All the Dead Stars; a map charting the 27,000 stars that have died in our Universe since records of such phenomena began, until the time of the work’s making in 2009. The laser etched aluminium map was the result of an intensive collaboration between Paterson and scientists and researchers in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of University College London. It depicts an Aitoff projection of the ‘visible’ Universe arranged along lines of Galactic longitude and latitude with every dead star represented by a single etched mark. This work was first exhibited as part of Altermodern , the Tate Triennale in 2009. It remains one of Paterson’s seminal early works and will next be exhibited at the Yokohama Triennale in August 2017. The fifteen woodcuts that make up Albrecht Dürer’s The Apocalypse are often referred to as the most important work in the entire history of printmaking. They were first published Nuremberg in 1498. The present edition, a very rare complete volume, dates from the second edition, pulled from the original blocks in 1511. It is one of a handful of such copies in existence.