Martin Rayment, a well-known artist, will showcase a captivating show at Surface Gallery in Nottingham From the 15th until the 23rd September. Titled “The Deca-dance of Mr.Ray,” this exhibition unveils the full range of Rayment’s distinctive multi-layered work from the first decade of his career.
The showcased pieces are monumental canvases created using resin, collage, and paint, infused with the influences of Hieronymus Bosch, René Magritte, and the Golden Age of Hollywood. Each piece is composed with lasers and torn, distorted figures. There are also saints and heroes, wrestlers and ballerinas. Rayment invites audiences to explore a swirling panoramic of tragedy, love and destruction through his cinematic pieces.
One striking aspect of Rayment’s style is his playful seriousness, which seamlessly merges his inscrutable personal history with the universal human experience. Over many lifetimes, beauty grows and self formation becomes a decadent, ongoing dance. Rayment also has introduced interactive artworks and a series of animated collage sculptures to enhance the exhibition. These innovative creations will be available for visitors to interact with and explore.
During the opening night, a documentary-length film about Martin Rayment’s artistic practice, created in collaboration with filmmaker Tom DennisThe film will be shown. This film offers a comprehensive insight into Rayment’s creative journey, spanning several years.
“I’m delighted to showcase this latest decade of my artistic practice. In this time it’s evolved from 2D artworks in 2013 all the way into animatronic 3D sculptures in 2023. I am thankful to have met many people along the journey who have helped and inspired me. Over the past few years, i have slowly built up a body work in secret. Now it’s time to reveal it all and share it, in this latest exhibition: The Deca-dance of Mr.Ray”– Martin Rayment
Don’t miss this engaging and informative exhibition, where Rayment’s artistry manifests through dark drama, cryptic triptychs, and futuristic sci-fi scenes. It’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in art that transcends boundaries and offers a captivating glimpse into the artist’s mind.