Joe Ray: I Can Hear The Scream
We are pleased to announce Joe Ray: I Can Hear The Scream, a historical solo exhibition of painting, sculpture, and photographs by the Los Angeles-based artist.
Joe Ray is a Louisiana native who has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 1963. Ray is a unique voice in the L.A. art community, a man who coexisted in many communities, from Light and Space, to Ferus, to the community around Cal Arts in the early 1970s. This alchemy of associations and interests fed an artistic practice that was promiscuous in its material pursuits and always in dialogue with the cutting edge of artmaking in Los Angeles.
In Ray’s second solo exhibition at Diane Rosenstein Gallery, following a 2017 survey of his work, Ray presents a body of work which reflects directly on a particular traumatic cultural moment in the history of Los Angeles, the horrific assault of Rodney King, the acquittal of the police officers guilty of the beating, and the protests and civil unrest that followed in the 1992 L.A. Riots. Most of the suite of paintings, sculptures, and photographs on view were completed in 1993, and a number of the works were shown originally in 2014’s Prospect.3: Notes for Now, curated by Franklin Sirmans.