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sm.ART curating & consulting

sm.ART curating & consulting

Private Gallery
Chris McCaw @ Duncan Miller Gallery, LA - through May 24
Chris McCaw
Chris McCaw
  Dear (sm.)ART-Friends,

San Francisco-based photography artist

Chris McCaw

would like to invite you to visit his show


@ Duncan Miller Gallery
10959, Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Gallery hours: Thursday through Saturday 11am - 6pm and by appointment.
Phone: 310 - 838.2440

The exhibition continues through

May 24, 2008

…and - save the date! June 5th, 2008 is the opening night for Chris' next show in

San Francisco at SF Camerawork!

"This new project initially began completely by accident. In 2003 an all night exposure of the stars made during a camping trip was lost due to the effects of whiskey. Unable to wake up to close the shutter before sunrise, all the information of the night's exposure was destroyed. The intense light of the rising sun was so focused and intense that it physically changed the film, creating a new way for me to think about photography.

In this process the sun burns its path onto the film base. The sky as a result of the intense light exposure reacts in an effect called solarization. The resulting negative literally has a burnt hole in it with the subject in complete reversal. I then take the negative and contact print it in hand coated platinum/palladium. This is the only photographic print making process that is able render these subtle tonalities from such a negative.

After experimenting with burning film and working with this minimalist aesthetic, I wanted to see what else could be done with different media. I chose to use fiberbased gelatin silver black & white photographic paper. By putting the paper in my film holder, in place of film, I create a one of a kind paper negative. Each negative due to varying sky conditions and length of exposure is scorched by the sun to differing degrees, sometimes burning completely through the paper base. I used both an 8"x10"view camera and a home made 16"x20" camera to create the paper negatives.

Not only is the resulting image a representation of the subject photographed, but part of the subject (the sun) is an active participant in the printmaking. This is just the beginning of this new body of work. I plan to continue to investigate the possibilities of this method of printmaking. My favorite part is watching smoke come out of the camera during the exposure. Thank you for looking."

Chris McCaw
San Francisco, CA, summer 2007

Chris McCaw was born in Daly City, California, in 1971, and is living and working in San Francisco since 1994. He received his BFA from the San Francisco Academy of Art in 1995. Beginning his exhibiting career in 1991, Chris has exhibited throughout the United States as well as in France and Germany. For list of exhibitions, bibliography, awards, publications and collections please see the attached biography.

For more information please contact sm.ART at

or visit Duncan Miller's website at

or visit Chris' website @

Best regards from sm.ART and enjoy Chris' works,

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