ADAA: The Art Show 2012

RAY K. METZKER  Composites 1964-2007

Ray K. Metzker - Composites In October 1967 The Museum of Modern Art in New York presented the first one-person show of large-scale "Composites" by Ray K. Metzker (born 1931). Their wall label stated:

Ray K. Metzker rejects the conventional photographic realism of the isolated view in order to find increased freedom to interpret and create. His works consist not of a preserved moment but of assembled related moments presented for simultaneous viewing. Through controlled juxtaposition of modular visual fragments he creates a multi-view, a fine-spun net to catch and combine the commonplace, though normally elusive visual nuances of his subject.

Ray K. Metzker has written:

Where photography has been primarily a process of selection and extraction, I wish to investigate the possibilities of synthesis. I began thinking of the entire roll as one negative... What I am talking about is complexity. When you approach one of the large composites, you see it more as an abstract design, and when you come in closer, you see a wealth of everyday information. There is no particular point of entry or procedure to the seeing; it is a multiplicity of elements operating in an aleatory manner.

The J. Paul Getty Museum will present 100 works by Ray K. Metzker in a career-spanning retrospective exhibition to open in September 2012. A new monograph on Ray K. Metzker written by scholar and curator Keith Davis will be published in conjunction with the Getty exhibition. Ray K. Metzker is represented exclusively by Laurence Miller Gallery.


A Maze'n Philadelphia
A Maze ‘N Philadelphia, 1967/1984
Composite of 14 mounted prints
67 x 51.5” Signed on verso
Unique

Hot Diggedy
Hot Diggedy, 1967-2002
Composite of 8 mounted prints
35 x 42” Signed on recto
Unique

1105 Window
1105 Window, 1965
Composite of 12 mounted prints
30 x 22” Signed on verso
Unique

Anonymous
Anonymous, 1962/1992
Composite of 154 mounted prints
23.5 x 21” Signed on verso
Unique

Flutterbye
Flutterbye, 2007
Composite of 13 mounted prints
24 x 20” Signed on verso
Unique

Sea Salt
Sea Salt, 1965
Composite of 12 mounted prints
20 x 16” Signed on verso
Unique

Chicago
Chicago, 1959
Vintage gelatin silver print
10 x 8” Signed on verso
One of two known vintage prints

Parking Pavillion
Parking Pavilion, 1967
Composite of 14 mounted prints
30 x 22” Signed on recto
Unique


Venetian Blind
Venetian Blind, 1966
Composite of 10 mounted prints
22 x 30” Signed on recto
Unique

Whimsy #3
Whimsy #3, 1974
Composite of 4 mounted prints
10 x 10”
Unique

Whimsy #10
Whimsy #10, 1974
Composite of 4 mounted prints
10 x 10”
Unique

Nude
Nude, 1966/1985
Composite of 7 mounted prints
32 x 21” Signed on recto
#13/20 (only 14 completed)

Soxy
Soxy, 1973
Composite of 20 mounted prints
13 x 12 ½” Signed on recto
Unique

 

Zip Squared
Zip Squared, 1964
Composite of 16 mounted prints
15 ¾ x 14” Signed on recto
Unique

Singing in the Rain
Singing in the Rain
Composite of 20 prints
9 x 11 3/8" on 16 x 20" mount
Signed on recto
Unique

Wispy
Wispy, c. 1974
Composite of 9 prints
6.5 x 6.5" on 16 x 14" mount
Signed on recto
Unique

 

Wispy
Wispy, c. 1974
Composite of 16 prints
8 x 8" on 16 x 14" mount
Signed on recto
Unique

Yatata
Yatata, c. 1974
Composite of 16 prints
7 1/4 x 7 1/4" on 16 x 14" mount
Signed on recto
Unique


Majoodles
Majoodles, 1966-2007
Composite of 20 vintage prints
Prints made c. 1966, mounted 2007
18.8 x 22" Signed on recto
Unique

Up, Up and Away
Up, Up and Away, 1965-2002
Composite of 4 mounted prints
19 x 19” Signed on recto
Unique

In Situ
In Situ, 1964-2006
Composite of 15 mounted prints
8.25 x 9" on 20 x 16" mount
Signed on recto
Unique

 


Artist Information

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