Love is All Heart Break…Until it Isn’t features new photographic self-portraits by the artist, as well as wall-based text works, illustration, sculpture, and video. The variety of media exemplifies the multitude of worlds Rafferty encompasses and those to which he strives to offer equitable light.
Raised in 1970s San Francisco by a Bohemian, free-spirited mother, Rafferty’s formative years cemented his utopian philosophies and adherence to love and community. This was disrupted by his mother’s premature death, and the resulting parenting assumed by his totalitarian, orthodox father. These experiences birthed the dichotomies of Rafferty’s practice: lush color fields with pristine analytics, self-reflection while observing the world, love and loss.
Shrouded in primordial mythologies, Rafferty’s work recalls a surrealist dreamscape, replete with symbolism, negative space, words where shapes should be, all shepherding linear thought through a maze.
Each artwork represents a metamorphosis from the intimate workings of the mind to digital existence through a variety of processes. Rafferty intentionally preserves the details and imperfections found in the physical world, thus capturing the expansive nature of humanity in all its messy beauty and begs the question “why not love more?”.
CAM Lower Gallery
Homage to David Wojnarowicz (self-portraiture)
ChromaLuxe® metal print
30 x 45 inches, edition 3 +7AP