250 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10281
This artwork is not open to the public
Untitled belongs to a series of paintings resulting from drawings made with unspooled ¾ inch wide steel banding typically used to secure crates to their pallets during overseas shipments. Here, Rayne compressed the banding within multiple temporary frames over the canvas and utilized it as a soft stencil to create white looping lines, which were then lightly dusted over with aerated acrylic paint. The paperclips that initially held the banding together were released to allow for the material’s expansion into the final shape of each of the line compositions. They now appear as silhouettes.
Acrylic polymer and urethane on canvas
60 x 45 in. (152.4 x 114.3 cm)
Since the late 1990s, Blake Rayne (b. 1969, Lewes, DE) has used a variety of media to continually engage the history of painting and investigate the cultural conditions of painting’s production, exhibition, and distribution. In 2016, Rayne had his first survey exhibition at the Blaffer Art Museum, Houston. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; FRAC Poitou-Charentes, France; and the Pinault Collection, Paris, France; among others.