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Yossi Milo Gallery is pleased to present Marking Time< /cite>\, an exhibition of solarized photographs by the artist Chris McCaw. The exhibition will open on Thursday\, November 29\, 2012\, and will be on view through Saturday\, January 19\, 2013. An artist’s reception and book s igning of his monograph\, Sunburn\, recently published by Cand ela Books\, will be held on Thursday\, November 29 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Thi s will be the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.

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Marking Time will feature new works from Chris McCaw’s ongoing serie s Sunburned\, which he began in 2006. McCaw builds his own lar ge-format cameras and outfits them with powerful lenses typically used for military surveillance and aerial reconnaissance. Instead of film\, McCaw in serts expired vintage\, fiber-based gelatin silver photo paper directly int o the camera. Pointing the lens at the sun\, McCaw exposes the paper for pe riods of time ranging from 15 minutes to 24 hours. Such long exposures inte nsely magnify the sun’s rays\, which literally burn through the surface of the paper\, making tangible the trajectory of the earth’s orbit around the sun in scored markings.

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McCaw uses the most basic elements of photo graphy\, light and time\, to create his unique photographs of landscapes an d seascapes. The gelatin in the paper reacts to the sun’s powerful rays and leaves traces of color around the burned marks\, subtly toning the paper w ith 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 an d the Arctic Circle\, to capture variations in placement and movement of th e sun’s markings that occur during unique solar events. Solar eclipses\, ve rnal/autumnal equinoxes and midnight suns are all recorded with surprising results.

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In the multi-panel work\, Sunburned GSP#492 (North S lope Alaska\, 24 hours)\, McCaw captures the natural phenomena of th e midnight sun\, an event occurring only during the summer solstice in loca tions north of the Arctic Circle. Using thirteen 20” x 8” sheets consecutiv ely 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 pape r. The first panels depict the sun at its apex\, high noon. With each subse quent panel the sun dips lower\, eventually grazing the horizon line\, only to rise again\, marking the beginning of a new day.

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McCaw’s artis tic practice is firmly rooted in the history of photography while simultane ously pushing the medium in new directions. His experimental process recall s the work of photography pioneer\, Henry Fox Talbot\, combined with the sl ash and buchi paintings of Lucio Fontana. McCaw’s work not only brin gs awareness to the materiality of his photographs\, but also humanity’s pl ace in the universe. “This project has transformed the way I think about ph otography and the world\,” states McCaw. “During all this I have become att uned to the reality that we’re all running around on a spinning marble orbi ting a fiery ball.”

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Chris McCaw’s work is included in numerous muse um collections\, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art\, NY\; Victoria a nd Albert Museum\, London\; Los Angeles County Museum of Art\; Portland Art Museum\; Berkeley Art Museum\; George Eastman House International Museum o f Photography and Film\, Rochester\, NY\; Museum of Fine Arts\, Houston\, T X\; Princeton University Art Museum\, NJ\; and the Philadelphia Museum of A rt\, among others. Chris McCaw was born in 1971 in Daly City\, CA\, and liv es and works in San Francisco.

DTEND:20130119 DTSTAMP:20141128T160109 DTSTART:20121129 GEO:40.7486465;-74.0036179 LOCATION:Yossi Milo Gallery\,245 Tenth Avenue \nNew York\, NY 10001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: Marking Time\, Chris McCaw UID:247769 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20121129T200000 DTSTAMP:20141128T160109 DTSTART:20121129T180000 GEO:40.7486465;-74.0036179 LOCATION:Yossi Milo Gallery\,245 Tenth Avenue \nNew York\, NY 10001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: Marking Time\, Chris McCaw UID:247770 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR