GALLERY HOUSE ANNOUNCES RAY CAESAR SOLO EXHIBITION
AT GALLERY HOUSE, TORONTO CANADA
Toronto: Jan 28 – Feb 22, 2017 – Gallery House is pleased to announce Ray Caesars’ solo exhibition “Tainted” at Gallery House, Toronto Canada. Gallery hours Thurs – Sat 11:00 – 4:00 pm.
Ray Caesar's digital paintings exist in a world unto themselves, a place that is not on any map or mentioned in any guidebook. Ornate, architectural and sinister, they echo the grandeur of Reynolds and Gainsborough or Rococo artists Watteau and Boucher but have a dreamy, dark otherworld quality that feel that is both sensual and sinister.
This current series, “Tainted”, was inspired by artist John Currin and the philosopher Lucien Freud and by Caesar’s own life memories and events and will be available on canvas as one of a kind varnish pieces.
The Launderette: “My Mother was a night owl and would often do laundry in the middle of the night. The basement of the building I lived in, with its laundry and lockers and furnace rooms and vast garage, became a haunting strange place for me ... especially late at night as I often wandered there like a cat prowling around when everyone else was asleep. I still dream I am sitting in that laundry room as that child in the 1960s but I am also inspired by Leviticus and the nature of cleanliness as a way of life, although for me the Bible is just a set of stories and a kind of spoken history of our species in much the same way my work is a spoken story of my own life with all its memory both real and mystical.”
In One Ear and Out The Other: “It’s about listening to the subconscious part of our mind where reason and meaning and self-absorption can overwhelm intuition and feeling. It’s about how narcissists create a vacuum in their own world. My father is referenced in this piece as a narcissists, and to some degree so is the political world of Trumpian politics. The girl is his muse but he can’t hear her because he is too self-involved. The work is drawing a parallel from a dialogue of our personal subconscious to the global or collective subconscious of our species. The Dog/wolf is a repetitive archetype that is part of my primal mind. It is also the way I saw my family — as a pack of wolves. My beginnings in life seemed like being part of a strangely cultured pack of beasts that could turn violent and kill in a split second. That more than anything formed who I am today.
The Hive: “It’s about community ... the nature of how we all live together in a vast community and how that community is ordered. As someone who has a dissociative disorder I often feel part of a community of separate parts like a hive of buzzing bees, individual but with a common purpose.”
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