new-york

Doug and Mike Starn

Pace/Macgill Gallery

Constructed from an archive of images of the solar system, the works in Doug and Mike Starn’s luminous show “Heliolibri” cantilevered from the walls of the dimly lit space in a panoply of galactic imagery. The Starns’ heliocentric cosmologies excavate the mythical foundations of our universe through rich palimpsests: black-and-rusty-toned photographs of the sky and ocean waves, translucent book pages, and portraits appropriated from Eastern and Western art printed on transparent sheets of polyester.

As if to emphasize the degree of trial and error in the origins of cosmology, the collection of images and the edges of each case were joined with liberal amounts of adhesive, their surfaces smudged with fingerprints and glue. Fragments of Eastern scrolls (from the Shinto Nihongi to the Egyptian Book of the Dead), and pages from Western classics (from Plato’s Timaeus to Dante’s Paradiso) mapped

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