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Published on Jul 18, 2012
Jay McCafferty attended Los Angeles State University for his undergraduate work and continued on to UC Irvine to complete his MFA. His photographs, videos and paintings have been featured in numerous museums and galleries since the early 1970's. Looking back at thirty years of work reveals an essential consistency; focusing sunlight through a magnifying lens at grid intersections plotted on paper, canvas and wood entertains the accident of phenomenology and introduces chaos to the rational field. His current work involves further dematerialization of the matrix and continues to use his carefully executed solar burn grids as an organizing device to express the formalist grid as more liberating than constraining. McCafferty keeps his process simple and up front while pushing to reveal the intellectual and emotional resonance of the work.
"A square of wall hosts burned fragments appearing free of the picture plane and signaling a new relationship between the wall, the work and the spectator."