Chris Duncan


direct sunlight on fabric
44 x 30 x 1 1/2 inches

Expanses of time are captured in the most recent body of work by Oakland-based Chris Duncan. The artist drapes manufactured colored fabric over structures and objects and leaves them on rooftops, in front of windows, or under skylights for anywhere between 4 to 12 months. The UV rays slowly discolor the fabric, allowing for an image to emerge through its exposure. The soft creases and desaturated black in Cinderblock map out how the fabric fell across the block and suggest the movement of the sun across its surface. Without the use of dye, emulsion, or any purposefully manipulated chemical process, Duncan’s work slows down the creation of each piece and inherently connects the images with a specific time and place.