When asked to choose someone to do a biozine project on, my mind shouted Rex Ray! The project gave me a reason to purchase his book, Rex Ray: Art + Design. This was a book that Chris Maier, an instructor and department head of MHCC’s graphic design program, turned me onto a couple years ago. I fell in love with his work immediately.
Students didn’t need to write their own copy or create any of their own images for this project. It was mostly an exercise in layout and design. I kept the design nice and simple, as a container to hold Rex Ray’s beautiful work. I used copy and images from the book (normally an unacceptable practice, but it was a student project). I’m posting this project to honor Mr. Ray with the purpose of exposing his genius.
To bring up images from his subconscious mind, Dalí began to induce hallucinatory states in himself by a process he described as “paranoiac critical.” Once Dalí hit on this method, his painting style matured with extraordinary rapidity, and from 1929 to 1937 he produced the paintings that made him the world’s best-known Surrealist artist.
I’ve always been amazed by certain artists. Salvador Dali and his exploration with surrealism has always intrigued me. I recently read in order for him to connect with imagery from his subconscious, he’d place himself into a hallucinatory state through a process he called “paranoiac critical.” This method helped him produce paintings that made him the world’s best-known surrealist artist. Here are a couple of my favorites.
Soft Watch at the Moment of First Explosion
This piece expresses the destruction of atomic weapons and broke artistic ground with its realistic detail and dreamy imagery. Dali was influenced by Freud’s writings regarding dreams and the subconscious. He surrealistically expressed his era’s fears with works such as this.
The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory
A 1954 representation of the consequences of an atomic bomb. Dali’s work is easily recognized through its blend of realism and bold, disturbing dreamlike fantasy. It’s obvious how equally disturbing the invention of the atom bomb was to much of the public and was effectively demonstrated through Dali’s paintings.
Pretty wild, huh?
(images and information from All Posters)
Are you familiar with Rex Ray? I wasn’t until Chris Maier placed one of his books into my hands. I was immediately enthused by his colors, shapes and textures. A single piece of his work can be a universe of design within itself. Many of my favorite pieces of his are done on resin panels. Whether you’ve never seen his work or just haven’t seen it in a while, treat yourself to a visit to his website.
(photo taken from Rex Ray’s website to demonstrate style of his work only: www.rexray.com)
This is a sample of Maggie Casey’s work. She’s a young (and very cool) artist who I discovered during last year’s Portland Open Studios that Chris Maier was kind enough to get passes for those of us who wanted to partake in the event. This happens to be one of my favorites. Her work is done using sewing thread and fibers. This one leaves me feeling like I’m floating in a dream. Yum.
Here’s a link to her site and where some of her work is going to be on display.
(photo taken from Maggie Casey’s website : no photo credit provided)