The random modelling of paper figures belies the meticulous design and execution by the celebrated and accomplished Canadian artist, Malcolm Rains. We are thrilled to open Rains' second ever exhibition at Odon Wagner Gallery on May 10th.
Confronting the Classical Series by Canadian artist, Malcolm Rains, the seemingly simple contrast between his white paper constructions and their black backgrounds, invokes a belief in a clear understanding. Rains himself fuels our imagination by titling his paintings with names based on places, deities and figures rooted in antiquity, a pseudo-homage to ancient Rome and Greece. We, the imperiled viewer, are sent on a quest whose outcome we cannot predict. Like Icaria, 2018 (fig.9), the titles imply that we can find a correlation between the winged shape of his painted folded form and the myth of Icarus, soaring too close to the sun. As we are caught scouring his images for that connection, Rains is successful; we have become active viewers in search for the key to his enduring enigmas. This latest evolution of Rains’ Classical Series strives for maximum impact: his crumpled white forms are brighter, the planes of the folded figures radiate out from their impossibly dark void.