Mark your calendars! On October 22, 2011, Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City will present a solo exhibition by digital artist Ray Caesar. Featuring 30 exquisite pieces, it will showcase Caesar's elegant and haunting works, giving us a rare, sneak peek inside his creative process. “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,” Caesar explains. “I am now sitting by that box and opening up what's inside. [This exhibition] communicates what I am finding.”
“I take difficult memories and hidden emotions and turn them into something that at first glance seems pretty, then you notice something a little disturbing or an ingredient that you wonder why it might be there,” Caesar explains. “A little tainted, a little melancholy, a little funny, a little sad and a little taboo… I mix this with clocks and scissors and irons and knives and silk dresses hiding strange things underneath.”
With Dangerous Inclinations, Caesar explores his childhood memories and his experiences working inside a children's hospital. (For 17 years, he worked in the art and photography department of the Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto, documenting disturbing cases of child abuse, surgical reconstruction, psychology, and animal research.) The artist delves into such grand themes as self exploration, innocence and escape.
The opening reception takes place Saturday, October 22, at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition will be on view through November 12, 2011.