Here is the other half of the notebook marginalia on display right now at the MIA Library. Part of my weekly Marginalia series.
As the featured artist in the MIA Library’s Inspired by Books series, there is now a display of some of my work in the library. It includes the original drawings The Astronomer Under and Mycelium Sun, as well as the notebook marginalia (surrounded by various quotations and thoughts about astrolabes) below. (ETA: Here is the… Read More Inspired by… Astrolabes (part 1/2)
Drawn under my notes during a lecture about the Al-Sufi star manual (one manuscript of which is in the MIA’s collection), given last Wednesday by Harvard University’s David Roxburgh. It helped me to better understand some of the links between star manuals and celestial globes and the way that images lend functionality to both. There wasn’t much about how this links… Read More Images and Stars
For those who attended my Rumi and Astrolabes talk, here are most of the images I used. The photos I took myself are posted directly, and I’ve provided links to the photos that don’t belong to me. (For a few images, I’m afraid I couldn’t find versions to link to that weren’t behind paywalls. But… Read More Images from ‘Rumi & Astrolabes’
After many afternoons of doing this: I’ve become the featured artist in the Inspired by Books series at the Museum of Islamic Art library! In 2-3 weeks, they’ll also be hosting a display of some of my ink drawings.
Revisiting the Kings & Pawns exhibition today, I discovered this delightful little cartoon of a chess game. And it made my day that, at 4:15, the white vizier pulls out what looks like an astrolabe! Its rete seems to be made up of astrological symbols(?), and he only uses it as a surface for casting… Read More The White Vizier’s Astrolabe
I’m excited to announce that the Majlis Book Club of the Museum of Islamic Art library has asked me to lead a discussion of Islamic astrolabes! So if you’re in Qatar and interested, please join me on Wednesday, April 23 at 3pm in the MIA library.
These swirly motifs around a Pachisi board were drawn during an entertaining lecture on the history of the game, given by Irving Finkel last Wednesday as part of the Kings and Pawns exhibition at the Museum of Islamic Art. This is part of my weekly Marginalia series, explained here.
The day after posting my little “eye of the astrolabe” sketch, I found this at the UCL Qatar library. Doesn’t that decorated pin look like an eye in the middle! EDIT: Looking at it now, I think this is this astrolabe in the V&A collection – just assembled with the alidade in front, the horse… Read More Astrolabe with “eye”
Here is one of my notebooks sitting on a modern astrolabe treatise. The top section of the page has notes and sketches of details from the retes of two astrolabes at the Museum of Islamic Art. The bottom half is all marginalia, both the sketches and the writing. The title of this post comes from… Read More Eye of the Astrolabe
This page is from 2011, drawn over several of the talks given at a 2011 symposium held at Qatar’s Museum of Islamic Art. It’s unusual among my sketches (especially the smaller ones; this is a page of an A6 notebook) for having some very thick lines of ink – although that happened because the first… Read More MIA Symposium
So I decided to enter the Damien Hirst Challenge. I don’t know the judging criteria nor what the other entries are like, so we’ll find out in 2 weeks if I even came close to winning. But the one stated criterion was that your entry was supposed to engage themes of life and death, and… Read More Challenge Accepted