BECon 2013: Clifford Rainey | Methods & Ideas

BECon 2013: Clifford Rainey



Rainey presented this lecture on Thursday June 22, 2013 in Portland as part of BECon 2013: CHROMA-CULTURE.

In the Beginning Was Black - Clifford Rainey
“In the beginning was black. Then Isaac Newton's new order of colors marked a chromatic revolution and ever since a dual symbolism has accompanied the color black.” Rainey's starting point is the human experience of loss. Combining that with the physicality of the color black sparked his investigation into the symbolism and the visual elements of this dark dense matter. He then explore the concept, purpose, reason, and processes employed to formulate the works that comprised his In the Beginning Was Black exhibition at Bullseye Gallery.

“Sed fugit interea; fugit irreparable tempus.”
(But meanwhile time flies; it flies never to be regained.)

Clifford Rainey was born in Northern Ireland and received his MA from the Royal College of Art in London, serving there as a lecturer from 1977 until 1984. Rainey is Chair of the Glass Program at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, where he has taught since 1991. His work is in numerous public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Corning Museum of Glass, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.