JANETTE KENNEDY GALLERY // FEB10 // 5-8PM
Janette Kennedy Gallery
South Side on Lamar
1409 South Lamar St.
Dallas TX, 75215
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Not Comets: A Biographical Account of the Early
Years of Charles Messier, French Comet Hunter

Photos and objects by Tom Sale with additional works from Amie Carson, Dottie Love, Julia Schloss
and Becky Ramotowski
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Tom Sale is known for his elaborate historical narratives such as 2014 Florence Project
(about the life of Florence Nightingale). Not Comets: A Biographical Account of the Early
Years of Charles Messier, French Comet Hunter is told mainly through photographs (with a
few sculptures and objects). Messier was an 18th century French astronomer whom the
gallery visitor will discover had many secrets not told in today’s history books. Images hint
at the science of photography being used decades before photography is known to be
invented, and in Messier’s astral world, it is not only scientific instruments he used to
detect heavenly objects. Sale also called on a few friends to help tell this story. A fabric
sculpture by Amie Carson, nontraditional photography by Becky Ramotowski, historical
avian photography by Dottie Love, and a whimsical series of photographs by Julia
Schloss round out this story of stars and an unusual friendship.