Thru 26 October 2011
The title for this exhibition derives from a phrase from the Bhagavad-Gita, in which Krishna uses the metaphor of dust on the mirror to illustrate the relation of the seen to the unseen. The explanation relates to the Hindu concept of maya in which illusion may be generated by ones own preconceptions.
The seven artists in Part 3 of this touring exhibition explore the allegory of dust, both as remnant, transitory particle, and obscuring residue, deploying an economy and lightness of execution that eschews layering and accretion.
What of dust: Left over and shed material that has become so small as to fall or float to the ground to form a light covering, too soft and gentle to harm the surface that is its host. Dust is at once universal and specific: throughout human culture it has been seen as the final entropic state, the inert, pertaining to death. In our imagination it has no real weight or object-hood.