Collage on 3/4" laser-cut plywood
Dimensions: 144.8cm (H) x 154.9cm (W) x 5.1cm (D) / 57" (H) x 61" (W) x 2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
These collage works are made from images of historic artworks that I mine from books, auction catalogs, and magazines. I am drawn to their various shapes, colors and textures, which I then deconstruct to create wholly new forms and narratives. I gather them into compositions that play with their complimentary and contrasting attributes and I make them into works that are bright, active, lyrical and visually confounding. I'm interested in the tension between figuration and abstraction and how 2D forms can occupy, define and create space.
Hometown: San Francisco
Based in: Sutter Creek, CA
Ray Beldner is a sculptor and mixed media artist whose work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and can be found in many public and private collections including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the Federal Reserve Board, Washington D.C., 21c Museum, Kentucky, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Oakland Museum of California, and the San Jose Museum of Art, among others.
Born in San Francisco, Beldner received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from Mills College. He has received numerous awards and fellowships including a California Arts Council Fellowship in New Genres, a Creative Work Fund Grant from the Haas Foundations, and a Potrero Nuevo environmental art grant. He has taught sculpture, interdisciplinary studies, and professional practices at the San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, San Francisco State University, and University of California, Santa Cruz.
His work has been reviewed in publications including Art in America, Arte, Art On Paper, Artweek, Wired, Playboy, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.
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