Ray K. Metzker was a man of reinvention. His varying series and projects through his nearly 60-year career strove to investigate new angles, techniques, and approaches. He employed composites, multiple exposure, superimposition, juxtaposition, and solarization, among other alternative techniques. Critics and collectors were known to remark that new works didn't feel like his when indeed they were. Metzker attended the Institute of Design in Chicago, and inherited an avant-garde approach to the media. AIPAD member Laurence Miller Gallery had mounted an exhibition, ONE AND ONLY: Unique photographs and works on paper, to mark the artist's 83rd birthday; the artist passed while it was on view. ONE AND ONLY is an apt name for the exhibition and, in light of the artist's passing, is only now more poignant. Included works are all unique, and were drawn from the artist's oeuvre from 1957 onward.
An article of remembrance was published in the New York Times with remarks from Laurence Miller. Read that story here.
To learn more about the ONE AND ONLY exhibition on view through October 25, please visit Laurence Miller Gallery.
Ray K. Metzker, Philadelphia, 2007
Copyright the Estate of Ray K. Metzker Courtesy Laurence Miller Gallery