"We've looked and looked, but after all where are we?"

Robert Frost from "The Starsplitter"

Dark Matter

"Photographer Keith Taylor plunged into "dark matter," that mysterious and still unfound stuff that scientists are looking for via experiments conducted in a northern Minnesota mine. Taylor’s dark images of the surrounding forest, overgrown rail lines and strange structures are evocative metaphors for this invisible stuff. In 20 perfectly printed photogravures, he eloquently suggests the hypnotic appeal of this strange quest to crack a cosmic mystery".

Mary Abbe, Star Tribune, Nov. 17 2011

Deep inside an idle iron mine, below the ancient hemitite rock formations of northern Minnesota, a tiny elevator rattles to a halt on Level 27. Here among dozing bats and artificial lights, people wait. And wait. This is the unlikely site of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS II) lab. where scientists are looking for the tiny burst that will indicate evidence of dark matter, a product of the big bang believed to comprise 25% of the material in the universe. This missing mass is called dark matter because it does not emit or scatter light like ordinary matter

DARK MATTER is a conceptual investigation of the visual phenomena of shadows inside the CDMS II lab and in the forest around the site. Since scientists don’t know what it is exactly, these photographs imagine what this mysterious substance might look like if it were visible.

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