i produced a collaborative subedition of this work with nif hodgson, who screenprinted a glow-in-the-dark layer of stars on top of the print for a wall edition of this work (wip sample below).

in January 2015, NASA published a very high resolution image of Andromeda, our next-door galaxy (a mere 2,500,000 light years from Earth and host to over 100,000,000 stars).  based on 7398 exposures (411 individual pointings) using the Hubble space telescope from july 2010 through october 2013 (image at hubblesite.org). 

i made a giant cascading accordion zine, tracing a 3-inch high swath from the upper left corner across to the upper right,

then right to left (& horizontally reversed) for the next 3-inch swath, and back and forth through most of the NASA image, resulting in 114 3x3” segments, followed by a 3-inch high version of the entire NASA image (as above).  the resulting work is approximately 3 inches by 29 feet when extended 

i made another subedition - Andromeda Galaxy (XL subedition) (cascading accordion) for the

2016 Tokyo Art Book Fair based on two page panels sized at 4 inches high by 5 inches wide  (resulting in a 4 inch high x 200 inch wide print, folded into an 80 page accordion book that is animated when played as a cascading according to show a view of flying through Andromeda)

(image credit: NASA, ESA, J. Dalcanton, B.F. Williams, and L.C. Johnson (University of Washington), the PHAT team, and R. Gendler)

the studio edition of this work was collected by the University of Virginia

NASA says the bright areas are “densely packed stars extending from the innermost hub of the galaxy.”  “large groups of young blue stars indicate the locations of star clusters and star-forming regions.  the stars bunch up in the blue ring-like feature...  the dark silhouettes trace out complex dust structures.  underlying the entire galaxy is a smooth distribution of cooler red stars that trace Andromeda’s evolution over billions of years.”

users animate the cascading accordion as shown in this video, (with a little practice, you can fly through Andromeda Galaxy)

Andromeda Galaxy (newstandard subedition) (wip cascading accordion)


i am making a new subedition of Andromeda Galaxy, wip hoping to release at LA Art Book Fair 2017,

based on 3.5 inch high by 4.75 inch wide panels (a new standard size for my cascading accordions

that flows well and is easy to handle), resulting in a 3.5” x 256.5” wide print, folded into a 108 page

accordion book, that animates a journey across Andromeda when played as a cascading accordion.

i made a giant cascading accordion zine of the NASA image by

  1. 1.resizing it to 17.5 inches high, cropping the width to 52.25 inches

  2. 2.tracing a 3.5 inch high swath from the upper left corner across to the upper right

    a. fitting this to my printer, which prints on 36 inch wide paper rolls, with begin and end tabs for holding the book

  1. 3.rotating the image 180 degrees and tracing the next 3.5 inch high swath from (lower) left to (lower) right

  2. 4.rotating the image 180 degrees.... &&& ... until i had covered the entire image

  3. 5.printing this, cutting out the 8 large panels

  4. 6.folding and seaming these 8 large panels into a 3.5 inch high by 256.5 inch wide print & a 108 page accordion book