KochxBos Gallery introduces Ray Caesar in the Netherlands
On December 10, the KochxBos Gallery opens in the center of Amsterdam with the exhibition "The World of Ray Caesar". For the first time the work of this contemporary English-Canadian underground artist will be shown in the Netherlands. Caesar's mix of (pop) surrealism, Victorian paintings, eighteenth-century French genre art and 3D art kick off a new exciting gallery in the city of Amsterdam.
The World of Ray Caesar
Ray Caesar (London 1958), who lives in Toronto (Canada) is now on view for the first time in the Netherlands. His debut in Europ was in Paris and Manchester will follow next year in 2006.
Young, unapproachable girls and boys with doll-like faces populate Ray Caesar's 3D paintings. Only at a second glance do you notice their animal or deformed features. The figures seem introverted and serene, at peace with their deformities. For the viewer, that calm is less obvious: confronted with claws, wounds and deformities, he quickly recoils from the at first sight so endearing persons.
For his figures, Caesar was inspired by his many years of work in the photography department of the Toronto Children's Hospital, where he saw the effects of child abuse, operations and diseases on a daily basis.
“I see my figures as calm people. I see them without fear, with a secret knowledge of life and even humor. I think they are happy and challenge us to see them as they are. To watch them without fear, free from fear. Where some see loneliness, I see calm. Where some see suffering or pain, I see the call to process and share the suffering. The ability to embrace deviations and not be afraid of them. ” Ray Caesar
Al Caesar's images are created entirely digitally, via a 3D software program with which he creates movable skeletons that he can then place in any desired position. He clothes his bald figures with painted and manipulated photographic textures that are folded around them like a map around a globe. Digital light and cameras are added to provide the correct shadows and reflections.
KochxBos Gallery Amsterdam
Esther Koch (graphic designer) and Hans Bos (artist and graphic designer) have worked together since 2001 under the name KochxBos. In recent years, their design agency has been located in an artists' breeding ground (Amsterdam, De Baarsjes), where they conceive the plan to start their own gallery. KochxBos wants to show deep-reaching art that is sometimes still unnoticed in the Netherlands to a wider audience. Their preference for lowbrow, underground art will set the tone for the exhibitions in their KochxBos Gallery.
“We came across the work of Ray Caesar through galleries in Los Angeles and New York. We were immediately fascinated by his - at first glance - sweet, fantastically alienating style, in which, if you look just a little longer, you will find a fathomless black depth. This is the kind of work we want to display in our KochxBos Gallery. ” Esther Koch and Hans Bos
"The World of Ray Caesar"
December 10, 2005 through February 15, 2006