New Catalogue is a project started by Jonathan Sadler and Luke Batten concerned with organizing images and utilizing design to comment on large and small histories. In 2012, the artists worked with composer Judd Greenstein, and designers Neil Donnelly and Mary Voorhees Meehan to create a large-scale installation paying homage to Carl Sagan’s contributions in creating NASA’s Golden Record, which contained images and sounds from earth and was attached to the Voyager Spacecraft. The year 2012 was the 25th anniversary of the launch. The artist simultaneously collected interviews with the communities of Scottsdale and Phoenix to create content for a new Golden Record. The exhibition catalog included a vinyl LP record. The work to be presented as part of Cosmosis is an extension of this earlier project.
Sadler and Batten live in Boise, Idaho and Chicago, Illinois, respectively. Despite this distance, the artists continue to work fluidly together. Texting, Instagram, and mail art keep their practice alive and fertile. The duo first exhibited their work at Bodybuilder and Sportsman Gallery in Chicago in 2003, and since has participated in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the Prague Biennial; the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago.
Questions For A New Golden Record, 2015
Ink on newsprint
22-3/4 x 34 in. (57.8 x 86.4 cm)
Courtesy of the artists