Chicago

View of “Sara Greenberger Rafferty,” 2018. Foreground: 3, 2018. Background: Wallpaper for THE LAUGHTER, 2018.

Sara Greenberger Rafferty

DOCUMENT

At the entrance to Sara Greenberger Rafferty’s saturated précis on the props of studio photography, two black-framed photographs, each indexing thirty-nine scanned 35-millimeter slide images arranged in a loose grid, hung side by side. The tiny positive images exposed in Slide I and Slide II (University of Michigan Extension) (all works 2018) documented a variety of color-calibration and white-balancing cards, often juxtaposed with a white human hand as a test subject. Evincing Rafferty’s material interest in transparent supports for photographs, these ink-jet prints were transferred onto clear acetate and adhered to Plexiglas with transparent acrylic polymer, imparting a gelatinous and ghostly quality to the antiquated slide format and the photographic tools they reveal.

In the main gallery, printed vinyl wallpaper covered much of one wall, its sepia-toned motif punctuated by text reading

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