Rex Ray: Art + Design merges design and fine art with retro-mod flair
Rex Ray: Art + Design
by Rex Ray
2007, 160 pages, 8.5 x 10.5 x 0.9
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Rex Ray has been hugely successful as a graphic artist, creating bold posters, album covers, and modern designs for bigwigs such as David Bowie, Linkin Park, Beck, Dreamworks, Apple, and even a very cool geometric bathing suit for Trina Turk. As a way to rebel against his commercial success and to disconnect from technology, he’s also a crafter who has gone through jags of obsessively creating three to ten marvelous paper collages every night.
But Ray doesn’t confine himself to the parameters of Graphic Designer or Collage Artist. Like graphic artists Murakami and Shag, Ray blurs the line between design, craft and art, crossing over into museums and galleries with oversized oil and acrylic paintings – some on wood, some on linen – of shape and color combinations that are both modern and retro, and always stunning.
Although Ray has been wowing the public for a couple of decades now, his work is new to me, so I was thrilled to come across this book, which celebrates his collages, fine art, and commercial design from 1997 to 2006. As a bonus, Douglas Coupland writes a captivating forward that made me want to read Generation X again. – Carla Sinclair