A Ray is a installation of collaborative paintings by Baltimore artists John Bohl and Lou Joseph, displayed in a series of modular gallery hanging systems designed by the artists. Begun in 2012 when Lou mailed John a set of 10 small paintings to work on while John was in Vermont, they have continued to work on them since in Baltimore, ending up with the over 400 small paintings and 60 larger paintings. These painting are shared and layered, with the artist given control over the individual works and handed back and forth until the artists are satisfied or exhausted and they are then declared done. These paintings include layers of oils, acrylics, gouache, watercolor, graphite, oil markers, spray paint, airbrush and ink, and include elements from the artists’ individual practices, like surrealism, abstract gestural mark-making, weird in-jokes and garish, clashing color.
For this exhibition, the entire set of paintings are displayed in a modular system of racks, boxes, tables, shelves and magnetized holders. We are using this gallery as a tool to help figure out these works in progress, and invite viewers to participate in this process by *carefully* changing out artwork and the racks and boxes to curate relationships between the work and create narrative, formal and/or conceptual themes.