Toy planetariums are essentially covered lamps which shine a replica of the night sky on the ceilings and walls; there are many different brands and models worldwide. Home Planetarium Survey displays seven toy planetariums and photograms of the constellation Orion as projected by the planetariums; the photogram constellation image was captured by exposing photosensitive paper directly with the light of the planetarium. Each depiction of Orion is identifiable but quite different from each of the others-reminiscent of the common legibility of alphabet letters between different handwritings or typefaces.
Heidi Neilson engages topics such as weather, fake snow, and the cultural landscape of outer space through prints, books, and public projects. Her often collaborative and publishing-based work has been presented at The Drawing Center, the International Print Center New York, the Islip Art Museum, the Queens Museum of Art, the Bronx Museum of Art, and published in The Blue Notebook, Elephant Magazine, and Hayden’s Ferry Review, among others. Heidi Neilson’s activities have received support from organizations for presentations, production, publication, residencies, and travel, including: the Art Matters Foundation, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Center for Book Arts, the College Book Art Association, Elsewhere, Flux Factory, I-Park, the Kala Art Institute, the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Lower East Side Printshop, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Provisions Library, the Puffin Foundation, Queens Council on the Arts, Visual Studies Workshop, Wave Farm, and Women’s Studio Workshop. Born in Oregon, Heidi Neilson lives and works in New York.