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Private Gallery
Chris McCaw @ Yossi Milo, NY - Artist Reception & Book Signing Nov 29, 6-8pm
Chris McCaw
Chris McCaw
  Dear sm.ART friends,

San Francisco-based photography artist

Chris McCaw

would like to invite you to visit his exhibition

Marking Time

@ Yossi Milo Gallery

245 Tenth Avenue

New York, NY 10001

Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 6pm
Phone: 212 - 414 - 0370

Artists Reception

& Book Signing for Chris McCaw's recently published monograph Sunburn

Thursday, November 29
6 -8 pm

The show continues through

January 19, 2013

Marking Time is Chris McCaws first solo exhibition at Yossi Milo Gallery and features new works from his ongoing series Sunburned, which he began in 2006. McCaw builds his own large-format cameras and outfits them with powerful lenses typically used for military surveillance and aerial reconnaissance. Instead of film, McCaw inserts expired vintage, fiber-based gelatin silver photo paper directly into the camera. Pointing the lens at the sun, McCaw exposes the paper for periods of time ranging from 15 minutes to 24 hours. Such long exposures intensely magnify the suns rays, which literally burn through the surface of the paper, making tangible the trajectory of the earths orbit around the sun in scored markings.

McCaw uses the most basic elements of photography, light and time, to create his unique photographs of landscapes and seascapes. The gelatin in the paper reacts to the suns powerful rays and leaves traces of color around the burned marks, subtly toning the paper with hues of orange, red, metal and ash. Lengthy exposure in daylight also causes the paper to become solarized or a reversal of tonality...creating a positive image on a negative, which the artist then develops and fixes. McCaw travels to distant locations such as the Galapagos, the Sierras and the Arctic Circle, to capture variations in placement and movement of the suns markings that occur during unique solar events. Solar eclipses, vernal/autumnal equinoxes and midnight suns are all recorded with surprising results.

In the multi-panel work, Sunburned GSP#492 (North Slope Alaska, 24 hours), McCaw captures the natural phenomena of the midnight sun, an event occurring only during the summer solstice in locations north of the Arctic Circle. Using thirteen 20 x 8 sheets consecutively loaded into a banquet camera every hour and a half, McCaw depicts the full arch of the sun in a continuous, serpentine mark singed into the paper. The first panels depict the sun at its apex, high noon. With each subsequent panel the sun dips lower, eventually grazing the horizon line, only to rise again, marking the beginning of a new day.

McCaws artistic practice is firmly rooted in the history of photography while simultaneously pushing the medium in new directions. His experimental process recalls the work of photography pioneer, Henry Fox Talbot, combined with the slash and buchi paintings of Lucio Fontana. McCaws work not only brings awareness to the materiality of his photographs, but also humanitys place in the universe. This project has transformed the way I think about photography and the world, states McCaw. During all this I have become attuned to the reality that were all running around on a spinning marble orbiting a fiery ball.

Chris McCaws work is included in numerous museum collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Portland Art Museum; Berkeley Art Museum; George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Princeton University Art Museum, NJ; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others. Chris McCaw was born in 1971 in Daly City, CA, and lives and works in San Francisco.

During the artist's reception Chris McCaw is signing his monograph, Sunburn, recently published by Candela Books !

Please view the image portfolio as pdf-File

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Best regards from sm.ART and enjoy Chris works,


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Chris McCaw
Sunburned GSP #396 (Pacific Ocean),
2009 Unique Gelatin Silver Paper Negative 20 - 24(50.8 ~ 60.96 cm)
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