Blake Rayne, born in Lewes, Delaware in 1969, lives and works in New York. He was educated at the California Institute of the Arts, received a fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin (2010), and has taught at Columbia University’s School of Visual Arts. Rayne’s paintings are structured by the generative duplicity of words like script, folder, application, dissolve, and screen. These operative terms locate the work between structures of linguistic description and the history of reflexive material procedures. Rayne begins from an orientation that would consider the terms ‘painter’ and ‘painting’ as signs— that is, as fictions. They have no stable material definition, but rather are shaped by linguistic, institutional, and physical relations. Rayne’s mode of painting, irrevocably marked by conceptual art, context is constitutive. In September, 2018, he will mount an exhibition of new work, DOGSKULLDOGS, at Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York. A survey exhibition, Cabin of the Accused, was held at the Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, in 2016-2017, and his paintings are held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, FRAC Poitou-Charentes, and the Portland Museum of Art.
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