Ulrik Heltoft & Miljohn Ruperto

Ulrik Heltoft & Miljohn Ruperto
Voynich Botanical Studies
2017 – ongoing

The Voynich Manuscript is a 16th century document of unknown authorship. It is written in a mysterious language whose origins and purpose are unclear. To this day, the text remains undeciphered, and academic and amateur circles continue to debate whether it was written in code, mere gibberish, or was perhaps an elaborate hoax. The first part of the Voynich Manuscript contains numerous botanical illustrations. Like the mysterious text, the identity of the plants are also the subject of debate. Several present-day botanists claim to have identified a number of them, while others believe that the illustrations are too roughly drawn and too fantastical to match possible real counterparts in nature. The Voynich Botanical Studies depicts plants modeled and textured through digital 3D software approximating the illustrations in the Voynich Manuscript.
(U.H. and M.R.)

Ulrik Heltoft, born in 1973 in Svendborg, Denmark, lives and works in Copenhagen. He is a graduate from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and holds an M.F.A. from Yale University 2001. He has exhibited his work at venues including The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, M HKA Antwerp and the Anthology Film Archives. His solo shows include exhibitions at Secession in Vienna, Århus Kunstbygning, Gl Holtegaard and numerous gallery shows at Koenig & Clinton, Andersen’s Contemporary, Wilfried Lentz and Raucci Santamaria.

Miljohn Ruperto, born in 1971 in Manila, Philippines, lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his M.F.A. from Yale University in 2002 and his B.A. in Studio Art from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999. Recent exhibitions featuring his work include: What We Know That We Don’t Know, Kadist, San Francisco; Geomancies, REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles; Nervous Systems, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Afterwork, Para-Site, Hong Kong; The As-if Principle, Magazin4 Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz, Austria; 2014 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Janus, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library, Saskatchewan, Canada; Ulrik Heltoft and Miljohn Ruperto, Voynich Botanical Studies, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Made in L.A., The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.