Ray Caesar: A Gentle Kind of Cruelty

A Gentle Kind of Cruelty just opened up at Jonathan LeVine, NYC. I’m always thrilled to see new work by Ray Caesar.

His work remains in a lushly colored dreamscape somewhere between past and future, filled with female chimeras.

The gallery statement gives fantastic insight into Caesar’s artistic process:

Caesar works in Maya (a 3D modeling software used for digital animation effects in film and game industries), using it to create his figures as well as the virtual realms in which they exist. Through the program, he builds digital models with invisible skeletons and anatomical joints that can be bent and manipulated to assume any pose. He wraps the models in rich textures, adding hair, skin, eyelashes and fingernails. Then places them in digitally lit, impeccably detailed 3D environments built with architectural layers, windows, wallpapers, curtains and furnishings. Caesar’s meticulous process incorporates elements of drawing, painting, collage and sculpture, working countless hours to achieve every remarkably intricate tableau.

Fantasy, escapism, human cruelty and disguise are reoccurring themes explored within his dramatic narratives. Betraying the seemingly child-like innocence of the figures is their piercing, knowing gaze—exposing inner strength in contrast with their fragile physical appearance.

Ray Caesar
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