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Ray Caesar's "A Dangerous Inclination" at Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City

Posted in Erotica, Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Eyecandy, Fashion by Suzanne on October 13th, 2011 | BBC Wikipedia

Self Examination by Ray Caesar, edition of 20, ultrachrome ink on paper, 30" x 30" (unframed) - click to enlarge

I know I haven't really written that much about Ray Caesar in a while but there is now a fantastic reason to rectify that situation and it's called Self Examination (c.f. image above).

As you all know, I have followed Ray's work since the very early days and after a while, his love for very particular motives emerged quite clearly.

While I found that the vast majority of art blogs, critics and curators obsessed over the actual breathtakingly Victorian imagery per se, you could almost say that I soon reached a level of certain happy visual saturation and as a result and after I first saw one of his pieces in real life, my curiosity got drawn to a completely different aspect of his work: The minute details of insect life, veins, skin translucency, drapery and other insanely small things not really visible on the interwebs. It's like his work truly revealed itself in all the intricate little microcosms it was really made of.

At the same time, I wasn't sure in what direction his work and therefore my appreciation of it would drift after I had gotten so very and literally close to the subject matter and I was somewhat anxious what to expect next - particularly after 2008 having been such an insanely prolific and technically highly diverse and experimental year for him. Since then, I have been waiting while Ray has been searching in his box, it seems:

"I look inside myself and see very difficult and wonderful memories I have forgotten; things I tucked away in a secret box 45 years ago. I am now sitting by that box and opening up what’s inside. [This exhibition] communicates what I am finding.”

(Press release to A Dangerous Inclination)

And well, today, I received a preview for Ray's new show entitled A Dangerous Inclination at Corey Helford that opens October 20 and I am glad to say that my doubts were unfounded and that I have fallen in love with the boldness, the simplicity (well, on a Caesaresque scale...), the much more anatomically grown-up femme fatale nature of his new piece Self Examination and I truly believe it to be his most exciting and enticing work in years.

I had a secret love affair with those underpants since his Blessed (2006), and fucking hell, I never expected them to make such a smoking hot comeback. So thanks, Ray.

The full preview isn't online yet but there will be some 30 pieces on show including classics and rare editions so keep your eyes peeled. I don't know why they always say that - it's kinda gross.

Details for the show are below.

Little Miss Sardonicus by Ray Caesar, 1 of 1, ultrachrome ink on paper, acrylic & varnish on panel, 6" x 6" (unframed) - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Saturday, October 22, 2011, 7 - 10 PM

On show: Oct 22 - Nov 12, 2011

Address: Corey Helford Gallery, 8522 Washingto Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232, USA, tel: 310-287-2340

Hours: Tue - Sat: 12 - 6 PM

Press release

Artist's website

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