Edward A. Raffel: Analog Man in a Digital World,

Ed Raffel

And now for something completely different.

Edward A. Raffel creates modern art—i.e. physical items that haven’t existed before in a style that is new—using combinations of materials and techniques chiefly unexplored. He does not, however, currently use a computer as part of his process. This exhibition at BAYarts contains a condensate of roughly four years of life/work product, with a goal of presenting a variety of seemingly disparate work with multiple ideas/themes.

“I hope that my personal aesthetic is divergent,” says Raffel. “My interests lie chiefly in the inorganic man-made world, not in imitating nature, which I find to be a futile pursuit.”

Ed Raffel

The overarching theme which all the work contains is “material as stored information.” The pieces adhere strictly to minimalist values, with structural and aesthetic concerns overriding decorative or ornamental ones. Patterns of two and three dimensions are used to both elucidate information and avoid the burden of composition. The algorithms used are manually applied. Both color and humor are important elements in all these pieces. “The world needs more fun art, life is hard/sad enough already,” says Raffel.

An opening reception from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, April 12, will be held in BAYarts Sullivan Family Gallery. The exhibit remains on view through May 3. Gallery hours are 9 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday, 10 am to 3 pm Saturday, or by appointment. The gallery is closed on Sunday.

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BAYarts Winter Concert: Beach Stav, 7-10pm March 15, 21 & over, in the Sally Otto Gallery. Tickets available at bayarts.net/events

Edward A. Raffel: Analog Man in a Digital World, April 12–May 3in the Sullivan Family Gallery

BAYarts Annual Ceramics Exhibition & Sale, May 10 in the Sullivan Family Gallery