“New and Rare Work”
Opening Reception Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 7-10pm
On View April 13 – May 11, 2013
8530-A Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
Open Tuesday - Saturday, Noon to 6:00pm
On Saturday, April 13, 2013, CHG Circa is pleased to present “Ray Caesar, New and Rare Work,” an exhibition of Ray Caesar’s digital art work highlighting a decade of vibrant persona.
Caesar’s vision resonates with the changing psyche of his figures, reflecting memories of his childhood and experiences employed at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. “My work is about hunting back innocence and using archetypes to develop spiritual growth,” says Caesar. “It is a self-portrait of my subconscious and spiritual development through imagery.”
In “Mother and Child,” Caesar explores familial sustenance as nourishment for the soul. “I was thinking about the nature of nurture and my own childhood and relationship with my mother.” Caesar describes his “Mother and Child” as Venus feeding her child Cupid on “the cup of human kindness.” Through a dreamtime family, Caesar renders the pain of allegorical healing. “By creating an image, I can form a foundation of healing.”
Modeling his figures in 3D animation software, Caesar wraps his sculpted surfaces with a skin of painted imagery. 3D modeling is a medium of points and planes in a virtual space; geometries Caesar creates with emo tive dreams and memories. Illuminated by self-reflection, his forms are realized through exhibition, sharing psychic intimacies. “I try to create an image that is in my view ‘pretty’ but pain and deformity creep into that world beyond my control. I try to make my own pain and struggle and confusion in life as something pleasant and endurable.”
“Ray Caesar, New and Rare Work” will exhibit six new works with three studies, and a catalogue of works reflecting his evolution. With the evocative “Winter” and “Fallen” providing contrast to the more playful works, Caesar reveals the changes of his past decade. “As a retrospective, I wanted to show a selection of work from the different stages of the past and definitely show work that hasn’t been seen on the West Coast before,” says Caesar. On his aesthetic: “Pretty pictures with a little pinch of pain and putridity portraying the past of a person with more than a few peculiar problems.”
The opening reception for “Ray Caesar, New and Rare Work” takes place on Saturday, April 13 at CHG Circa. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition will be on view through May 11, 2013.