From the PhotoAlliance website:
Marco Breuer and Chris McCaw
Date: December 7, 2007 Time:7:30 pm
Location: San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall, 800 Chestnut Street (Chestnut at Jones)
Ticket Information: General Admission: $10.00 Students with ID: $5.00 All tickets available at the door
“Marco Breuer uses an extensive and continually evolving range of processes to extract abstract and visually compelling images from photographic paper. Whether it involves placing burning coals on the photographic paper or repeatedly slicing into it or sanding away at the emulsion until holes appear, Breuer’s work eviscerates the usual expectations of the cameraless image. The end results are exquisitely gorgeous and minimalist…” From an essay by Mark Alice Durant in Marco Breuer:Early Recordings (Aperture, 2007)
About Marco Breuer: Marco Breuer, born in 1966 in Landshut, Germany, received his academic training at the Fachhochschule Darmstadt (1988-92) and the Lette-Verein Berlin (1986-88) in Germany. He has exhibited widely throughout the United States and Europe and his work is in numerous collections, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University in Cambridge; the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the New York Public Library; the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart, Germany. Marco Breuer is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2006), a Japan-US Friendship Commission/NEA Creative Artists Exchange Fellowship (2005), a Carriage House Residency at the Islip Art Museum (2004), a Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant (2000) and three MacDowell Colony residencies (2003, 2001, 2000). His publication SMTWTFS received wide critical acclaim and a photo-eye Award for Best Photography Book of 2002. In 2007 Aperture published a monograph of Breuer’s work titled Early Recordings. Breuer lives in Upstate New York.
San Francisco-based artist CHRIS McCAW will open the evening, speaking on his beautiful images utilizing alternative processes. “In this process the sun burns its path onto the film base. The sky as a result of the intense light exposure reacts in an effect called solarization. The resulting negative literally has a burnt hole in it with the subject in complete reversal. I then take the negative and contact print it in hand coated platinum/palladium.”Chris McCaw
I met Chris and saw his work at Photo Lucida this past April and can tell you it is stunning!