Rex Ray: Colortopia

Turner Carroll Gallery (Santa Fe, NM)

August 23 - September 29, 2013

  • Opening reception: Friday August 23, 5-7 pm; Come meet Rex Ray!
Rex Ray, Cappa A4#1, 14 x 11," oil and pigment print on canvas with silkscreen

(from the press release)

Come one, Come all to the Turner Carroll Gallery’s Rex Ray exhibition opening August 23! There have been exciting new updates regarding the exhibition, and the show will now include a series of vibrant clown portraits in addition to his well-known geometric abstractions. To celebrate the edition, the gallery will stray from its usual opening reception by hosting a carnival themed party with popcorn, cotton candy, circus peanuts, balloons, clowns, and more! The celebration will take place on August 23 from 5-7pm, and the show will be up through September 29.

Rex Ray has always worked with layers of imagery and shapes, often using varying sizes of colorful dots and grids that decorate his collages on linen. Now, in his clown series, he is layering concrete imagery with the same shapes. Dots create a textured, almost pixilated background and tie the digitally painted portraits with the collages making a cohesive body of work that can easily be recognized as Rex Ray. Because the clowns are more human, the imagery is relatable to us all and, therefore, the striking emotions rendered in the pieces are easily accessible to the audience. The edgy and vibrantly colored clowns exaggerate the clown’s own courageousness, exuberance, happiness, and energy. These are familiar emotions that cause one to sympathize with the seemingly twisted figures, and the clowns become representative of some type of archetypical outsider to us--a caricature of ourselves, that we all find incredibly compelling when we see it exposed outside ourselves.

Drawing inspiration from his acknowledged influences—the Arts and Crafts Movement, Abstract Expressionism, organic and hard-edged abstraction, pattern and textile design, and Op Art—Ray combines these formalist concepts with decorators’ tips gleaned from lowbrow publications and sources of popular culture. Rex Ray has become one of contemporary art’s hippest members, having designed album covers for Bjork, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Beck, and Joe Satriani. His work is widely exhibited at museums, including the San Francisco Museum of Art, the San Jose Museum of Modern Art, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Turner Carroll Gallery
725 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501