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Andy Gracie. ‘You First Saw the Light’

12 — 24 November 2019

Andy Gracie, 'Your First Saw the Light', 2017. Courtesy of the artist

You First Saw the Light (2017) is a study of a 50 micron fragment of comet collected from the stratosphere by a NASA high altitude research aircraft. Its origin being an interstellar dust cloud that pre-dates the Sun. At some point it became detached and eventually trapped by the Earth’s gravity. Its current stage in its history sees it stored in a glass vial in a clean room in a planetary science research facility. In its original version, the artwork is presented as a four-channel video installation in which the form of the object appears and disappears, breathing and ghostlike. A 5mm replica carved from meteorite rotates under a video microscope, evoking images of solar system bodies photographed from space probes.

Adpated to a single channel projection, during LOOP the work will be on view at the Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya, where it will dialogue with the institution’s collection and display.