new-york

Peter Greenaway

Nicole Klagsbrun

An ornithologist, recently taken ill, is given or discovers among his possessions a number of maps, which seem to indicate the path for a journey through or toward a place called H. The place may represent heaven or hell, neither or both. Such is the scenario of Peter Greenaway’s 1978 film A Walk Through H: The Reincarnation of an Ornithologist, for which the artist prepared the drawings in this show. The maps, drawn or painted on such diverse surfaces as a laundry bag, a disposable medical glove, and a musical score, are not cartographic in the strict sense. Dense layering of existing and applied texts provides multiple codes that can be read in various ways. In Four Crosses (all works, 1976–78), rows of typed Xs are the only signposts on a white field; in The Wonderful Story of the Human Body, certain letters on the title page of a science textbook are circled, while free-floating

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