John Raineyâ€™s work explores themes of technology, artifice and the human figure. Using a combination of physical and digital methods, including ceramic casting and 3D printing technologies, his sculptural process moves between the virtual and material worlds. Through this faceted approach to production, Raineyâ€™s sculptures probe the development of human representation within digital environments, often referencing themes of visibility and the unprecedented motivation for self-imaging and identity-curating that emerges increasingly from online communication platforms.
Raineyâ€™s sculptures present the plasticity of this digital culture through a number of methods. He works on a shifting physical scale, somewhere between the monumental and the domestic, reflecting fluctuating boundaries between public and private life. Simultaneous references to - and deviations from - classical aesthetics serve to confuse a sense of time and certainty. Saturated colour, a sense of material indeterminacy and exaggerated corporeal forms set a tone that is unsettling yet familiar.Â
John Rainey (b. 1985) is sculptor based in Belfast. His work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at: Golden Thread Gallery Project Space, Belfast (2016) and Marsden Woo Gallery Project Space, London (2013). Selected group exhibitions include: EVA International, Hunt Museum and Limerick City Art Gallery, Limerick (2018); Sans les Mains, Fondation Bernardaud, Limoges (2018); Dissolving Histories, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (2017); and Less + More, Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin (2015). In 2018 he was awarded the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Fellowship at the British School at Rome.