Joy Ray makes abstract drawings and paintings with thread, spray paint, fabric, paper and plaster. Employing these elemental materials in a refined minimalist palette, her work evokes mysteries—petroglyphs, dream languages, intercepted signals, lost civilizations. Drawing on asemic/automatic writing, her process embraces spontaneity and intuition. She seeks to transcend the limitations of written language, and yet her lexicon of marks, symbols and insistent gestures organize themselves into schematic, linguistic compositions. Joy Ray received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and studied art history in Italy. She lives and works in Los Angeles and Hawaii.

 

Exhibitions

2018

Don't Shoot Me Down, Shockboxx, Hermosa Beach HI

Mini Hot! Popup Exhibition, Studio C Gallery, Los Angeles CA

Art of Labor, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose CA

Abstract Only!, Wailoa Arts & Cultural Center, Hilo HI

1st Annual Women's Exhibition, Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art, Hilo HI

In Black and White, Springfield Art Association, Springfield IL

Intersections -- Considering Imbalance, Kahilu Theater Galleries, Waimea HI

stARTup Art Fair, San Francisco CA

Not Just Drawing -- A Line With Intent, ARC Gallery, Chicago IL

Small Works Exhibition, NAWA Gallery, New York NY

Red Hot Wicked 2, Studio C Gallery, Los Angeles CA

Postcard Art, Shoebox Gallery, Los Angeles CA

 

2017

Hawaii Contemporary Arts Exhibit 2017, Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art, Hilo HI

2nd Annual Contemporary Craft Juried Exhibition, Wailoa Arts & Cultural Center, Hilo HI

Small Works: SDA at 40, Surface Design Association, Portland OR

Signal and noise, site-specific installation, Sonoma CA

Flags of unseen nations, site-specific installation, Santa Monica CA

 

Awards

Honorable Mention, Conceptual Category, Hawaii Contemporary Arts Exhibit 2017, Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art, Hilo HI (Juror: Patricia Salmon)

Honorable Mention, 2nd Annual Contemporary Craft Juried Exhibition, Wailoa Arts & Cultural Center, Hilo HI (Juror: Mark Mitsuda)

 

Education

Sarah Lawrence College, BA

Sarah Lawrence in Florence

 

Professional Development

Member, Los Angeles Art Association - 2018

Kipaipai, Donkey Mill Art Center, Holualoa HI (with Andi Campognone, Betty Ann Brown, Shana Nys Dambrot, Merry Akane Karnowsky, James Panozzo) - 2017

 

Collections

Works held in private collections in California, New York, Washington and Hawaii

 
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