Elizabeth Houston Gallery is pleased to present Developer Trays, an exhibition of photographs by John Cyr. The exhibition will open on Wednesday, March 28th, and will be on view through Saturday, May 5th, 2018. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Wednesday, March 28th from 7 - 9pm. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.
The developer tray is the most unassuming of objects, and Cyr insists upon that quiet objecthood. Photographing in a uniform style, the artist is uncanny in his ability to capture its painterly abstractions and the materiality of its functional construction. This is a technique that, paradoxically, reveals the intimacy of personal artistic practice and the gravity of photographic history writ large. Cyr sought out photographers, some iconic, others virtually unknown beyond the hallowed halls of the academy, to capture a collective moment on the verge of oblivion. A printer himself, Cyr is uniquely attuned to the evidence the developer tray holds as an implement of private practice. Its hues and marks are loaded.