15
Dec
09

Exhibition: ‘Ray K. Metzker: Automagic’ at the Laurence Miller Gallery, New York

24th November 2009 – 9th January 2010

 

Ray K. Metzker (American 1931-2014) 'Philadelphia, 1963' 1963

 

Ray K. Metzker (American 1931-2014)
Philadelphia, 1963
1963
Gelatin silver print

 

 

The early photographs from the 1960’s are stupendous!

The pre-visualisation of the final photograph shows rare talent. The use of deep chiaroscuro is handled so adeptly, so confidently. The photographer is in full control of the modelling of the spaces and contours of the objects within the photographic frame. Metzker’s drawing with light surely comes from an enlightened mind. Magical. Wonderful.

Dr Marcus Bunyan for Art Blart

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Many thankx to Laurence Miller Gallery for allowing me to publish the photographs in the posting. Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image.

 

 

Ray K. Metzker (American 1931-2014)
Philadelphia, 1963
1963
Gelatin silver print

 

Ray K. Metzker (American 1931-2014) 'Philadelphia' 1963

 

Ray K. Metzker (American 1931-2014)
Philadelphia
1963
Gelatin silver print

 

 

Ray K. Metzker (American 1931-2014)
Philadelphia, 1964
1964
Gelatin silver print

 

 

Ray K. Metzker (American 1931-2014)
Chicago, 1958
1958
Gelatin silver print

 

 

“From November 24 through January 9 Laurence Miller Gallery celebrates Ray K. Metzker: AutoMagic. This exhibition features over fifty black-and-white photographs taken by this 78-year old master photographer over the past fifty years in which the automobile plays a pivotal role in the contest between light and shadow. Forty of the photographs have never been exhibited before.

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 Wells 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 and SUV’s, which wildly warp the architecture and cloud formations reflected on their glossy surfaces.”

Text from the Lawrence Miller Gallery website [Online] Cited 12/12/2009 no longer available online

 

 

Ray K. Metzker (American 1931-2014)
Philadelphia, 1963
1963
Gelatin silver print

 

 

Ray K. Metzker (American 1931-2014)
Philadelphia, 1964
1964
Gelatin silver print

 

 

Ray K. Metzker (American 1931-2014)
Albuquerque, 1971
1971
Solarized vintage silver print

 

Ray K. Metzker (American 1931-2014) 'Philadelphia' 1963

 

Ray K. Metzker (American 1931-2014)
Philadelphia
1963
Gelatin silver print

 

Ray K. Metzker (American 1931-2014) 'Philadelphia' 1963

 

Ray K. Metzker (American 1931-2014)
Philadelphia
1963
Gelatin silver print

 

Ray K. Metzker (American 1931-2014) 'Philadelphia' 1963

 

Ray K. Metzker (American 1931-2014)
Philadelphia
1963
Gelatin silver print

 

Ray K. Metzker (American 1931-2014) 'Philadelphia' 1963

 

Ray K. Metzker (American 1931-2014)
Philadelphia
1963
Gelatin silver print

 

Ray K. Metzker (American 1931-2014) 'Philadelphia' 1963

 

Ray K. Metzker (American 1931-2014)
Philadelphia
1963
Gelatin silver print

 

 

Ray K. Metzker (American 1931-2014)
Philadelphia, 2009
2009
Gelatin silver print

 

 

Ray K. Metzker (American 1931-2014)
Philadelphia, 2009
2009
Gelatin silver print

 

 

Lawrence Miller Gallery
521 West 26th Street ​5th floor
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-397-3930

Gallery hours
:
Tuesday – Friday 10am – 6.00pm
Saturdat 11am – 6.00pm

Lawrence Miller Gallery website

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1 Response to “Exhibition: ‘Ray K. Metzker: Automagic’ at the Laurence Miller Gallery, New York”


  1. December 16, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Chicago 1958 is fantastic. The balance of the curves and straight lines with the riveted cold metal. Awesome.

    http://www.macolabels.com


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Dr Marcus Bunyan

Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His art work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes Art Blart, a photographic archive and form of cultural memory, which posts mainly photography exhibitions from around the world. He holds a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne, a Master of Arts (Fine Art Photography) from RMIT University, and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.

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