This publication features a series of drawings made by Ronald Cornelissen after a stay at the Netherlands Arctic Station on Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. The scenes depicted in the first edition of Gerrit de Veer’s travel famous journal The Three Voyages of William Barents to the Arctic Regions (1594, 1595, and 1596) from 1596 served as the starting point for these drawings. The drawings mashup the work of Gerrit de Veer with that of Elzie Segar, John Carpenter, Michel Serres, Vladimir Demikhov and Mary Shelley and serves up an alternative image of the Arctic. The book, designed by Simon Davies, represents the drawings at different scales; from 1:1 (details) to 1:14 (whole drawings). This mimics the movement of visitors viewing the large scale drawings in an exhibition context. The books design refers to the subjects explored by the drawings as well as to the form of De Veer’s original journal.
Number of pages: 176
Language: French / English
Hardback (cover: Silkscreened grey board)
Price: 40 €
Foreword: Ronald Cornelissen
Essay: Julie Enckell Julliard
Lithography and design: Simon Davies
English translation: Kim Laidlaw, French translation: Jeanne Bouniort
English editing: Jane Bemont, French editing: Sylvie Philippon
Photography: Simon Davies and Ronald Cornelissen
Distribution: Les Presses du réel, Dijon, France
Published by Ronald Cornelissen and Galerie Bernard Jordan, Paris, France
©2021, the authors, the photographers and the artist
All rights reserved
Many thanks to the Mondriaan Fund (NL), Jaap Harten Fund (NL), Droom en Daad Foundation (NL), Backing Grounds (NL) and the Centre national des arts plastiques (FR) who made this publication possible by their generous support.