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Daniel B. Gray

TCU, MFA 2019

Latent, Nos. 1-5

Acrylic cadmium red, acrylic cadmium yellow, aluminum silicate, soot and lacquer on paper, 2017, 18"w x 24"h (each)

For this body of work, I chose materials that are carcinogenic if handled improperly. When turned into artistic objects their harmful properties are contained, freeing the materials to be considered for their aesthetic properties. But this is a false or incomplete view of safety. The lacquer will eat through the paper over the course of decades, destabilizing this containment and releasing the carcinogenic cadmium back into the world. A threat contained is not a threat solved.

Daniel B. Gray - Latent, Nos. 1-5

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