Mikhail Tolmachev

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VentilationsDust and soot on paper, 50x70cm, 2011/2020
Contrary to the scientific tradition of isolating matter and studying patterns as a means of truth finding, the work reveals an imprint that opens to illusion rather than to truth finding. Ventilations is a series of abstract graphic prints that draw on the forensic gaze. Employing a process of documentary imaging techniques, each image displays an engineered pattern, which hints at an unknown fact. The achromatic colours of untitled (ventilations) are composed of the tiniest particles of earth – formless dust.