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Chris Buzelli
Face to Face with the Infinite
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Infinity/20"x10.5"/oil


Illustrating the iconic cover of Harper's Magazine has been on my wish list for a long time. Back in college I was introduced to the world of editorial illustration by one of my instructors, Russell Jones. He was a fantastic editorial illustrator and his wife Angela Reichers was the Art Director of Harper's. To illustrate the cover seemed so out of my reach.
 
I'm really honored that I was asked by Roger Black to illustrate the cover this month.
 
Face to Face with the Infinite is about Garth Illingworth, an astronomer currently studying one of the most distant galaxies seen so far. This distant galaxy, which is seen as a faint red glow, is about 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 miles away from the earth. Light travels at 186,000 miles per second. So, when we look at a distant object in space that is 186,000 miles away we are seeing the light it emitted one second earlier. The light we see from distant galaxies, like this one, is from billions of years in the past. I'm baffled by this and I feel the same when I'm looking up into the night sky.
 
 
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This month I had another check on my wishlist. I'm featured in this months Communication Arts Advertising Annual 53. Caitlin Dover wrote the 8 page spread about my life's work so far. She did an amazing job and I'm so thankful that I was matched up with her. It's strange to see a story written about yourself. It feels both embarrassing and delightful at the same time. Huge thanks to the editor Rebecca Bedrosian for this highlight in my career.


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