Christopher Henry Gallery is pleased to present Mason Rader’s first solo exhibition Beautiful Intensity. In this exhibit Rader explores the narrative element in visual arts, as he pairs his work in triptychs like film strips along the walls. Each image can be appreciated individually however through their pairing he develops a dialogue that is loud, gregarious, bright and beautiful.
Rader’s work consists of layers of material, from transferred photographs to reverse glass painting infused with pulp images and folk art references. Through the layers Rader explores the imagery of thought, though the subjects may be silent their minds race with images. Each panel feeds off the other from fighting couples to imagery of murder and suspicion expressed through a film noir vision. They are bold stylization of nature and emotion, with an underlying and hyperbolic language of the b-movie.
Rader is inspired by the spectacle, melodrama and exploitation found in entertainment.