DISSOLVE– 7 September – 14 October 2017
Fred Cray’s new series of unique Dissolve prints present a radical new body of work. Cray does continue his process of working with the photographs, transforming the imagery through manipulation. The resulting images, though based in photography, are unique works on paper. The extraordinary process begins with Cray’s printing his images on a surface that repels ink. The resulting prints have a very brief lifespan (2 – 20 minutes) before they dissolve into something either unrecognizable or unusable. Cray’s intervention contradicts the notion that there is an optimum moment when the prints were either scanned or rephotographed to make a digital file for the larger unique print. Making art is a process. Cray’s entire oeuvre has played with this balance of the image as a relic from real life and a fantastic creation from the artist’s hand. This body of work presents a new development in Cray’s ongoing interest in visual labyrinths. Portraits, landscapes, still lifes feature the accidental and unexpected connections of an almost aleatoric process. Fortuity and luck are assisted by rigorous editing and surprising combinations. In these experiments, Cray formalizes the coincidental by emphasizing the conscious process of composition. Cray’s multiple layers imply movement, both of time and image. The interweaving of time and image sets a cadence that is both visually rigorous and seductively intimate. Cray continues to make work that seems like a secret about to be revealed.