Posts Tagged ‘Ray K. Metzker

11
Apr
12

Ray K. Metzker : ‘AutoMagic’ Series (Photography)

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Philadelphia, (63 BT-40)
vintage silver print
8 x 10″
1963
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Philadelphia, (63 AX-26)
vintage silver print
8 x 10″
1963
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Philadelphia, (63 AI-31)
vintage silver print
8 x 10″
1963
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Philadelphia, (63 KG-44)
vintage silver print
8 x 10″
1963
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Philadelphia, (63 DO-41)
vintage silver print
8 x 10″
1963
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Chicago, (58 AX-22)
vintage silver print
8 x 10″
1958
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Philadelphia, (65 HM-33)
vintage silver print
8 x 10″
1965
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Philadelphia, (63 EC-37)
vintage silver print
8 x 10″
1963
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Philadelphia, (64 AU-13)
vintage silver print
8 x 10″
1964
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From his earliest street pictures taken under the El in Chicago’s Loop in the mid-Fifties, to his most recent highly abstract views of reflections on Philadelphia car windows, Ray K. Metzker brings an exuberance of vision rarely found among today’s photographers. In total control of his camera and craft, Metzker transforms the mundane in daily urban life into intense images that sizzle, and delight the eye. In the darkest recesses of a parking garage, we discover a single shimmering tail fin of a late 50’s Cadillac. In a scene more Orson Welles than Woody Allen, we witness a menacing shadow figure approaching a parked car, intent unknown. In a blizzard, we join the photographer and a single figure as they look at one another wondering why each other is standing there in the cascading snow.

The show also reveals a more tender side of Metzker, as we peer into car windows to see folks uninhibited within their mobile shelters, including a sleeping man with a medallion, head resting on the door; a man reading at the wheel of his damaged white coupe; and a man at the end of long day, hand upon his head. Metzker’s work of the last few years, fondly nicknamed Autowackies, are a brilliant extension of his earlier forays into abstraction, and are only made possible by the contours of our newest cars, which warp the architecture and cloud formations reflected on their glossy surfaces. [LMK]

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Ray K. Metzker : Laurence Miller Gallery

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31
Oct
10

Ray K. Metzker : Singular Sensations (Collage + Photograms)

Arrestation # 1
Unique collage
15 x 13 inches
2007

Arrestation # 11
Unique collage
15 x 13 inches
2007

Photogram # 63
Unique gelatin silver print
9 x 6 3/4 inches
1996

Photogram # 50
Unique gelatin silver print
19 x 15 3/4 inches
2007

Created in the darkroom from a union of masterful light play and photo chemistry, these painterly images arrest and challenge the viewer’s imagination on a departure from the world of reality. By inventive application of the photographic medium, this current body of work, primarily made without the use of a camera, includes techniques from the foundations of photography – photograms and light drawings. By inverting the process he’s able to extract a unique palette of colors inherent to black and white photography.

Also featured are ‘Arrestations’, a series of collages that are constructed from fragments of exposed photographic paper that are torn and pieced together to create a new and altogether different whole.

In this Rorschach-like world, even small details like the torn edge of a piece of paper play a significant role in the manipulation and creation of light. Some images conjure atmospheric landscapes, some the human figure, while others dwell in pure abstraction; but all embody a sense of movement and play that give each viewer a unique perspective and provide passage on a journey limited only by the viewer’s imagination. [Extract : Laurence Miller Gallery : Singular Sensations: Collage and Photograms]

Ray K. Metzker : Laurence Miller Gallery

Ray K. Metzker : Wanderings Series

Ray K. Metzker : AutoMagic Series

07
Sep
10

Ray K. Metzker : Singular Sensations (Collage + Photograms)


Arrestation # 6
Unique collage
20 x 16 inches
2007


Arrestation # 7
Unique collage
16 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches
2007


Arrestation # 8
Unique collage
18 x 15 inches
2007


Photogram # 49
Unique gelatin silver print
19 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches
2007

Created in the darkroom from a union of masterful light play and photo chemistry, these painterly images arrest and challenge the viewer’s imagination on a departure from the world of reality. By inventive application of the photographic medium, this current body of work, primarily made without the use of a camera, includes techniques from the foundations of photography – photograms and light drawings. By inverting the process he’s able to extract a unique palette of colors inherent to black and white photography.

Also featured are ‘Arrestations’, a series of collages that are constructed from fragments of exposed photographic paper that are torn and pieced together to create a new and altogether different whole.

In this Rorschach-like world, even small details like the torn edge of a piece of paper play a significant role in the manipulation and creation of light. Some images conjure atmospheric landscapes, some the human figure, while others dwell in pure abstraction; but all embody a sense of movement and play that give each viewer a unique perspective and provide passage on a journey limited only by the viewer’s imagination. [Extract : Laurence Miller Gallery : Singular Sensations: Collage and Photograms]

Ray K. Metzker : Laurence Miller Gallery

Ray K. Metzker : Wanderings Series

Ray K. Metzker : AutoMagic Series




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