Campoli Presti

Blake Rayne

25 Jan - 15 Feb 2014

© Blake Rayne
Untitled Painting, 2007
Acrylic, oil, silica on linen
111.8 x 86.4 cm / 44 x 34 inches
A Moveable Feast – Part V
25 January – 15 February 2014

Campoli Presti is pleased to announce the fifth iteration of the ongoing exhibition A Moveable Feast with a display of works by Blake Rayne. The exhibition comprises a selection from his 2007 project, The Disappearance of Red Pistachio Shells at the dawn of the Californian Nut Industry (1979) at Sutton Lane, Paris. In addition to these paintings, this exhibition also features the introduction of a new print for this occasion.

Over the past 15 years, Rayne, through his diverse catalogue of procedures, that consist of, but are not exclusive to, processes of translation, appropriation, folding, spraying, brushing and rolling, and...., has significantly contributed to the transformation of the discourse regarding painting today.

The exhibition The Disappearance of Red Pistachio Shells at the dawn of the Californian Nut Industry (1979) marked and accelerated conversations that challenged and altered assumptions regarding definitions of medium specificity.

The works that counted as paintings from this show were constructed through the marking of scenes available from the field of cultural abstraction. Each painted process results in a layer, the accumulation of these layers results, perhaps, with the display of a strata that consist of processes of division and displacement. It is this belief structures that inform this recounting stories inherent to processes of cultural abstraction that Rayne’s work hopes to bring to form.

Blake Rayne has exhibited widely throughout Europe and America and his work is included in many collections worldwide including the MoMA, Whitney Museum of American Art and FRAC (National Fund for Contemporary Art, France).

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