"Dust, generally, consists of very fine particles of solid matter in the atmosphere that come from various sources such as soil, plant pollen, human and animal hairs, textile fibres, and other materials which may be found in the local environment. Secrets are pieces of private information that are only known by a few, and which may not be told to others.
Dust Secrets refers to the materials of the group of drawings' making, charcoal, ash, soot, graphite, pastel powder, each particle unique in its own disposition, each particle singular in its own history, brought together, and moved upon a paper surface with purpose and conviction, to articulate something about a unique moment and place in time. Fixed upon a surface, in consort with other materials, ink, paint, fixative, in order to account for a specific set of observations, rendered in accordance with actions learned and private, with the intention of communicating with an audience, but whispered to the viewer, rather than spoken. Secrets are usually whispered.
Drawings for Photography consists of a group of works on paper, perhaps more truthfully described as paintings on paper, rather than drawings, which are dedicated to the idea of photography, dedicated in thanks and respect, in acknowledgement of its earnest intention to simultaneously record and transform the focused upon, the addressed.
Recently I have become interested in what bad photography might teach me. By bad photography I mean a certain kind of addressing of the subject which embraces the humane, the error, the flaws, the liquid mess and slop of wet photography, the weird precision of broken lenses, the aptness of torn, speckled, and blemished paper, the rightness of its wrongness, the perfection of the imperfect, the purity of impurity. In spring, 2018 I acquired a small photograph by Miroslav Tichý, which I have not been able to bring myself to hang in my home. Instead, I move it around my studio, allowing it to haunt me, to insist itself into my daily studio routine and actions". - Michael Canning, 2020
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