To the Aether

Jonathan Kay, Bonny Stewart-MacDonald, Shaun Matthews

Curated by Caroline McQuarrie

1 - 25 June 2016


30upstairs To the Aether


Jonathan Kay

Silent Impact, Lonar Lake Meteorite Crater, Maharashtra, India. (2016). 59 x 72 cm. Framed pinhole, digital archival ink-jet print. Edition of 3 plus artist copy

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To the Aether extends the contemporary cabinet of curiosities begun in the Courtenay Place Park light box exhibition From the Aether into 30upstairs Gallery. Jonathan Kay, Shaun Matthews and Bonny Stewart-MacDonald explore the world with a curiosity about imagery produced through and around scientific enquiry.

Jonathan Kay

Nothing but dust

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.