Los Angeles

Jay McCafferty

Cirrus Gallery Ltd.

It is difficult to look at Jay McCafferty’s solar burn collages without conjuring up metaphors of the artist as Promethean figure. With a magnifying lens as net, McCafferty captures the sun’s rays and focuses them onto grid points on the ink-washed surfaces of layered vellum paper. The paper burns, creating erratic shapes which ultimately penetrate and expose other layers. In many of the works, charred bits of painted paper have been collaged to the top layer, yielding incredibly fragile, visually seductive surfaces. The natural “destruction” of the burned paper is pulled together by the applied “construction” of the collage technique.

Unlike the solar burns of Charles Ross, which to my mind are most interesting in their revelations of natural processes, McCafferty’s collages derive their strength from the clarity of artistic decision making done in collaboration with natural forces—hence

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