Blake Rayne’s Peaceful Photographers at Campoli Presti

Blake Rayne – Peaceful Photographers Installation view
5 June – 5 July 2015. Campoli Presti, London


Dear Material List
Music, Miss appropriation
trade agreements
kindly international exoticist

penetration and expropriation
what is distinct from the fixed
metric and sedentary essences
of the town square grid?

fresh raw material
revitalize chateaubriandian
peaceful photographers
lining the stomachs

chalk white manatee
artisinal apocalypse
the burgs sensible drift
upon the salamanders
glistening platinum
grill icing ber

Blake Rayne‘s exhibition Peaceful Photographers at Campoli Presti in their London and Paris spaces is composed of three elements – a group of paintings, a sculpture and a sound work – organized around the idea of field recording.

Rayne’s previous series related to his interest in recording sequential streams of movement into painting, drawing a continuous wandering line throughout the picture plane. In this new series of paintings, a textured background of different combinations of red, green and blue (the three primary screen colors) is covered by a white airbrushed line that renders possible aerial traffic view, recording of a flow of actions glanced from above. A silent black area on the left swipes the image like a rolling film, revealing the intersecting moment in which two stills become a moving image.

A set of words is applied onto the canvas with the help of a vinyl stencil. Originally taken from contemporary audio footage, the terms are rearranged in different combinations, referencing Surrealism’s use of automatic writing. The text reveals itself as an archeological activity, allowed by the gesture of withdrawal of the stencil technique, gradually uncovering a hidden script. The words are read out loud by the artist and translated into a piano score by a music notation software that is later pressed on the transparent square records presented in both galleries.

Rayne’s practice is a reflection on the medium of painting – its economical, linguistic and institutional relations. Through a series of operations and disperse references he demonstrates painting’s impossible autonomy, commenting on the formal contexts in which painting circulates. Frequently replacing the neutral gallery space with objects that disrupt the structure in which artworks are presented, in London he presents a stack of wooden planks presented as an organized collapse, introducing an ambulatory subject that experiences a staged arrangement of viewpoints.

Blake Rayne – Peaceful Photographers Installation view
5 June – 5 July 2015. Campoli Presti, London


Blake Rayne – 2:54 Locked Groove, 2015
Vinyl record 17.8 x 17.8 cm / 7 x 7 inches


Blake Rayne – Untitled, 2015
Acrylic on cotton 182.9 x 121.9 cm / 72 x 48 inches


Campoli Presti 
Cambridge Heath Road 223, London
Rue de Braque 6, Paris
5 June – 5 July 2015