Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Rex Ray


Xolodonia - 2012, oil, acrylic & mixed media on linen, 72" x 72"

ModernDallas.net re-post from my article posted back in June 2012.

Conduit Gallery brings back Rex Ray for another colorful show of his collage/paintings. No other artist has taken the tools and visual world of design and boiled it down into a kind of 1950’s retro hipster art aesthetic. Sure you had Warhol, who came out of graphic design and many of the Lowbrow Art/Pop Surrealism painters seamlessly mix design and art, but Rex Ray stands apart from these artists because of his commitment to style and beauty.

Conduit Gallery brings back Rex Ray for another colorful show of his collage/paintings. No other artist has taken the tools and visual world of design and boiled it down into a kind of 1950’s retro hipster art aesthetic. Sure you had Warhol, who came out of graphic design and many of the Lowbrow Art/Pop Surrealism painters seamlessly mix design and art, but Rex Ray stands apart from these artists because of his commitment to style and beauty.

Personally, the series of smaller works grabbed most of my attention. I think, because these works reference the kind of cut outs he first started making while he was knee deep in the design world. Though, these works are more refined than those early works, they still feel a little more raw and less Baroque. The smaller images do relate to the large work in the use of shapes and colors, but at the same time I feel they hold a kinship to Matisse’s cut outs or a Motherwell abstraction.

Those that think the work is just design are missing the point. Ray is making art that lives on multiple platforms. He is successful at distributing his images in many forms in order to live off his art. You can see Rex Ray’s works at Conduit Gallery with artists Gabriel Dawn and Jill Storthz until August 31.

For more images of the show, visit ModernDallas.net.

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