Katie Paterson

This is the first monograph dedicated to the work of award-winning British artist, Katie Paterson.

Covering 25 major innovative and expansive projects which include — a live broadcast of the sound of a melting glacier to the visitors of the art gallery; a map of all the dead stars; a slide archive of the darkness from the depths of the universe; a lightbulb to simulate the experience of moonlight; and a forest planted so that it can supply paper for an anthology of books in 100 years’ time.

Eliciting feelings of humility, wonder and melancholy akin to the experience of the Romantic sublime, Paterson’s work is at once understated in gesture and yet monumental in scope. With a research-based approach and minimalist presentation, her art collapses the distance between the viewer and the most distant edges of time and the cosmos.

Collaborating with leading scientists and researchers across the world, Paterson’s poetic and conceptual projects consider our place on Earth in the context of geological time and change. She makes use of technologies and specialist expertise to stage intimate, poetic and philosophical engagements between people and their environment.

The artworks in this book have been ordered as a ‘time telescope’ by duration – seconds, minutes, hours, years, and light years.

This book combines lavish illustrations with critical texts from some of contemporary art’s most respected writers and curators — Nicolas Bourriaud, Lisa Le Feuvre, Mary Jane Jacob and Lars Bang Larsen.

Published with Locus+, Newcastle, UK.

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