Andrew Dadson
Visible Heavens 1850 – 2008


Vancouver artist Andrew Dadson has based his book around a star map from 1850. The original map was photocopied, and each subsequent copy was re-photocopied. The slow degradation of the image marks the cultural shift within our interpretation of the stars (constellation charts were called maps of the heavens but after 1975 they became known as maps of the sky) and each photocopy represents a year in the decline from ‘heaven to earth’. From start to finish the map changes from an accurate vision of the stars above to an abstracted blackness depicting the new ‘heaven’ in the year 2008.

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Published by Emily Carr Institute Press and JRP Ringier
7.5×11.5 in, 168 pages, black and white, 2009
Edition of 1000

Available from Emily Carr Institute Press

Andrew Dadson is an emerging Vancouver-based artist. He recently had a solo exhibition at the Charles H. Scott Gallery and has been included in group exhibitions in the US, China and Europe. Dadson is represented by Galleria Franco Noero in Turin, Italy. This is the fifth volume of the Vancouver Special series of artists’ books, edited by Kathy Slade and Christoph Keller, and published in collaboration with Galleria Franco Noero, Torino, and the Charles H. Scott Gallery/Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver.