CCA Introducing: John Rainey
On Monday 13 December 2021 from 10am, follow artist John Rainey as he takes over our Instagram page to share his work and research for CCA Introducing 2021. CCA Introducing is a series of 24 hour social media takeovers by emerging artists. Each artist has been nominated by an artist or curator connected to CCA. The recommendation to invite John to participate in CCA Introducing came from Grace MacMurray, who featured work in CCA's 2021 group show Irish Modernisms and is part of the 2021 Turner Prize-winning Array Collective.
John Rainey is a sculptor based in Belfast, where he is a current member of Flax Art Studios. His work reinterprets sculptural traditions through a lens of digital culture, using both old and new methods of object making; a combination of traditional casting processes in materials like porcelain, with digital fabrication technologies such as 3D printing.
Rainey graduated from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2012. Solo exhibitions include SLIP TANK, Naughton Gallery, Belfast (2021); Flayground, Berg Gallery, Stockholm (2019); On Visibility, Golden Thread Gallery Project Space, Belfast (2016); and Hyper Activity: Scenes From an Other Reality, Marsden Woo Gallery Project Space, London (2013). His work has been included in group exhibitions such as AWARD at the British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent (2019) and Crowded Thresholds, National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny (2019). Rainey has undertaken residencies at the British School at Rome (2018) and Konstfack University, Stockholm (2013). His work is included in public collections including the UK Government Art Collection and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection.
For CCA Introducing John will reflect on how the theme of transformation plays out through his sculptures, and in the processes used in their making.