November, Unconfirmed potential micrometeorite

Artist
Kay, Jonathan
Date
2015
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Nothing but Dust attempts to bridge the disconnection between space imagery and our physical existence here on Earth. It is estimated that between 1400 and 2400 tonnes of cosmic dust lands on the surface of the Earth each year. This cosmic dust is so small they are known as micrometeorites and like their larger counterparts meteorites they are some of the most ancient material in our solar system. Nothing but Dust presents the viewer with a range of photographic interventions that engage with this extraterrestrial matter through a series of site-specific investigations. Drawing connections with both local and overseas sites, Nothing but Dust extrapolates this material from its most innocent form as a micrometeorite, to its most catastrophic as a high-velocity meteor.

Jonathan Kay’s photographic practice investigates the representation of territories that remain on the periphery of human experience. Through an engagement with both historical and contemporary narratives of discovery, Kay probes the role of exploration while subtly acknowledging its links to political and scientific agendas. Kay’s works with photography and video but often engages with technology to extend and distort the role of the photographic document. Framing his investigation in the locality of the unknown, his works explore mythological, scientific and imaginative agents that allow access to landscapes that are intangible and unrecordable.​

Kay graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Photographic Design BDes(PhDes) with first class honours in 2010. He then went on to complete his Master of Fine Arts with distinction at Massey University in 2013. Kay has exhibited in a number of group exhibitions in both, public and private galleries in New Zealand and the United States of America.
Media
photography
Measurements
1070 x 850mm
Registration number
ART00720

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