From September 9, 2009 to December 19, 2009
This exhibition will feature work from the last 30 years and will include paintings, Polaroids, video, and interactive technologies. Work from the ongoing Space Field series will be included as well as work from Japan, Paris, Turkey, Mexico and Alaska. The exhibit will also feature work from several collaborations between Raphael and other artists.
Victor Raphael (born 1950) works in a wide range of media spanning painting, photography, filmmaking, printmaking, and digital technology. He creates complex and beautiful images that expand conventional views of time and space. For the past three decades, Raphael has produced a unique body of work by merging traditional media such as painting, photography and printmaking with modern electronic media, including video, digital printing and interactive technologies. In addition to his central themes of the exploration of the cosmos and aspects of travel–through space or time–and their visual records, the artist has developed an important body of paintings, in which water, for instance, and its protean and timeless qualities, form an important part. His photography process of digitally manipulating NASA photographs of planets and other natural celestial phenomena into Polaroid prints, and next altering them by hand with metallic paints and gold and metal leaf, earned his work to be selected in 1996 as among the 50 best examples of Polaroid photography included in Polaroid 50: Art and Technology, an international touring exhibition commemorating the company’s fiftieth anniversary.
The Story of Everything
The USC Libraries present The Story of Everything, an exhibition of original artwork by Southern California artists Victor Raphael and Clayton Spada. The artists explore the intersections of astronomy, Kabbalism, evolution, geometry, and countless other subjects. Like latter-day alchemists, they transmute a diverse selection of visual materials into rich, multilayered perspectives on the nature of the universe.