Cornelia Parker on Man Ray

"I first came across Man Ray's Dust Breeding (1920) - a photograph of Marcel Duchamp's Large Glass (1915-23) covered with dust in his studio - many years ago, when on my foundation course. I found the image in an anthology and didn't really know what I was looking at. It looked like an aerial photograph, or a view through a microscope. Dust Breeding seemed a truly ambiguous image, appearing to be abstract yet at the same time acting as an accurate record of an object. It was only later, when I read more about Duchamp and his work, that I appreciated how he deified neglect, and that allowing dust to settle could be a valid process in the making of art."

Above: Man Ray, Dust Breeding, 1920, printed c. 1967, Gelatin silver print

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