Greg Neville & Greg Wayn / Chemistry of Chance / February 13 – March 09 2013


Chemistry of Chance is non-representational, it has no referent in the world outside of itself. The images were generated by the chance interactions of developer chemicals, water and air, in the waste bins of college darkrooms. Impatient students, seeing disappointing results appearing in the developer, throw the dripping prints into the bins where they change in the darkness in alchemical ways.

The artist here is blind chance, no human intention is involved, not even by the student. The weird and beautiful patterns that occur are only discovered at the end of the day when the weary teacher tidies the darkroom. By that time the print has dried, rendering any image permanent, some are thirty years old.

The images are selected by the normal criteria of visual art. They are scanned and Photoshopped to bring out what was perceived in the original print. They are not cropped.

Download the room sheet here.