PROPORTIO

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Black Stars_M92 – M13, 2015
Polyester cord on steal frame, n.2 200cm x 200cm
Photo by Lorenzo Ceretta

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I pause when I see a photo of a large celestial body printed in a newspaper. Take the Sombrero galaxy (M104) or the Andromeda galaxy (M31) for example. Possibly a black and white picture, three by five centimeters, describing a compound cohesive structure, bound together by gravity in such impenetrable ways you can’t even pretend to grasp the complexity, size of it, let alone the distance between us and it. Imagine that same galaxy observed through the optics of a telescope and the minuteness of information from something so vast projected directly onto your retina. Perception seems so insubstantial. I often think about the images I start off from and how they are converted into objects. Take an infinitesimal fraction of information that has reached us from a distance unimaginable and catalogue it as something. This process has to do with seeing and accruing, gathering and fastening, lowering entropy at a given junction in time and space while trying to keep it there, locating it as a unified event made up of endless repetitive events that leave some sort of residue that finally condenses into a thing. That thing takes on its own specific space located in its own specific time and allows me to absorb the complexity of a present that is observable.

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Black Stars_M92 – M13, 2015
Polyester cord on steal frame, n.2 200cm x 200cm
Photo by Lorenzo Ceretta

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