Stardust

Untitled 1, 2005
(Chromogenic colour print, 74 x 74 inches)

As a variation on Thomas Ruff's famous Sterne series, Knowle bought the European Southern Observatory negatives from Ruff and used them himself.

After having the film scanned at very high resolution, he made prints without retouching the inevitable dust and scratches, adding yet more little white specks to the complex masses of stars. Knowle has said that this series goes no further than to comment on the digital retouching of necessity, which is inevitably an act of estimation and assumption: "every empty dot we fill in on our computer screens is a void as inestimable as these stars on the other side of the universe. All we can do is guess, based on our knowledge of other and similar things."
     
     
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