Bio

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Ray Mack (b. 1985) grew up in the small town of Ellensburg, Washington.  She received her BA in Studio Arts from Bard College and her MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2012.  Mack’s work combines a childish sense of humor and style with the oil painting technique, compositional eye, and art historical references of a well trained and highly skilled artist. Using what she calls a “shoplifting mentality toward making,” her paintings riff off works by well known dudes, using humor to insert her own perspective into a male-dominated view of the art historical canon. Integrating recognizable historical elements, these paintings transform the source material from well understood cultural documents to ambiguous markers of a contemporary moment.  The material is the past but the product is the present. Her work has been exhibited and published both internationally and nationally.  

 
 

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Solo Exhibitions

2016-

what he said, Punch Gallery, Seattle WA

2013- 

Replicant Presents Ray Mack, The Lab, San Francisco CA

2012- 

Public Patron Painting Party Project, Ellensburg WA

2010- 

Smith Exhibits, Roslyn WA

2009-

Mural, Raw-Space, Ellensburg WA

2009-

ray mack leaves the house, Bay Area 51, San Francisco CA

2008-

Selected Paintings at Trammell Gagne, Seattle Design Center, Seattle WA

2006- 

Bring a Lamp, it’s Dark Outside, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson NY

 

Group Exhibitions

2016-

Thinking of You, Bass and Reiner Gallery, San Francisco, CA

American Painting Today, V2, Seattle WA

Punch Out, Punch Gallery, Seattle WA

Wish You Could Have Seen This, San Francisco Civic Center, San Francisco CA

2015-

Seattle Art Fair, Seattle WA

New Members Exhibition, Punch Gallery, Seattle WA

Westward Bound: Punch Gallery meets Clymer, Clymer Museum, Ellensburg WA

2014-

Shades of Impact, Worth-Ryder Gallery, Berkeley CA

2013-

SF Artists in a Suitcase, The Zimmer Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

Currency, The Old Mint, San Francisco CA

Our Art Show, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco CA

See You Next Tuesday, Autzen, AB Lobby, & MK Galleries @ Portland State University, Portland OR

2012-

CELLSpace, San Francisco CA

Bad Drawing, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco CA

Haunted House, S.H.E.D. Projects, Oakland CA

2011-

Hanging Out with a Purpose, The Northern, Olympia WA

2010-

All the Answers You Gave Me Were Wrong, Alley Cat Gallery, Ellensburg WA

2009-

53rd Annual Central Washington Juried Artist’s Exhibition, Larson Gallery, Yakima WA

Annual Juried Show, Gallery One Visual Arts Center, Ellensburg WA

2006-

This Comfortable Virtual Life, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson NY

Hurricane Katrina Benefit Show, Hudson Valley Arts Center, Hudson NY

Education

2012-

MFA, Painting, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco CA

2006-

BA, Studio Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson NY

Residencies

2009-

New Other Other World Residency, Bay Area 51, San Francisco CA

2008 & 2007-

Artist-in-Residence, Gallery One Visual Arts Center, Ellensburg WA

Publications and Press

2016- 

Matthew Kangas, “American Painting Today,” Visual Art Source

Jos Truitt, “Painter Ray Mack Shoplifts from the Dudes of Art History,” feministing.com

Kimberly Chun, “Local Artists take a look at American identity” SF Gate

Adam Brinklow, “Arts Commission Building Flashes Morse Code Messages from Ex-San Francisco Artists,” sf.curbed.com,

John Metcalfe, “A San Francisco Building Sends Out Coded Messages About Displacement,” CITYLAB.com,

“Ray Mack: What He Said,” the Stranger,

2013-

C.U.N.T. Exhibition Catalogue, Rocksbox Contemporary Fine Art, Portland CA

Currency Exhibition Catalogue, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco CA

David M. Roth ““Currency”-SFAI’s MFA Show @ The Old Mint,” SquareCylinder.com

2012-

Bite, Cul, Nichons Et Chatte, Editions Ripopee, Nyon, Switzerland

Salt Hill Issue 29, Syracuse, NY

Lauren Smith, “Emerging Artists,” 2opCollec(tive),

2009-

Tara Jepson, “Bay Area 51,” SF Weekly,

2006-

Bard Papers, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson NY

 

 
 

Ray Mack (b. 1985) grew up in the small town of Ellensburg, Washington.  She received her BA in Studio Arts from Bard College and her MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2012.  Mack’s work combines a childish sense of humor and style with the oil painting technique, compositional eye, and art historical references of a well trained and highly skilled artist. Using what she calls a “shoplifting mentality toward making,” her paintings riff off works by well known dudes, using humor to insert her own perspective into a male-dominated view of the art historical canon. Integrating recognizable historical elements, these paintings transform the source material from well understood cultural documents to ambiguous markers of a contemporary moment.  The material is the past but the product is the present. Her work has been exhibited and published both internationally and nationally.