Concept: Tortured papers - 2013.
The works on paper show the fusion of the alphabetical structures of Latin letters - the author's object of study since 1989 - with the techniques of their fragmentation added to symbolic geometric shapes. Subjects range from being post-alphabetic, to floating square and triangular figures, to the aesthetic seeds of the concept of repetition - represented by the dense series of straight lines - which from being spatial in this series, will evolve to temporal in the next period of Time Units (2023).
The evolution of the Latin letters - the center of Rae's artistic production in the Burners period - separates them from their utilitarian function as graphemes associated with their respective phonemes, which in this series becomes the starting point of a new research. The works depict abstract scenario, made with a surgical technical stroke in which elements alternate in a balanced battle of checks and balances, and which mark the author's drive to want to move beyond the alphabet.
The transparency of the working medium is used to create a whispering three-dimensionality that is both delicately divergent and at the same time reminiscent of the two-dimensionality of the study sheets he worked on in the decades prior to this series. The letters have now exploded and their open structures then interact with the vast arsenal of complements functional to their evolution. The aesthetic rhythm is frenetic and the stroke sharp, witnessing a mathematical forma mentis pulsing with internal tension and technical executive rigor. The Tortured papers are maps of the passage of language from alphabetic to conceptual, containing the key elements of the Ghetto Landscapes period and the later Exploded Structures on canvas, juxtaposed with the great Stylewriting classics such as rounded clouds and sharp arrows. The black/red color code used in this series is the recurring minimal solution that also characterizes much of the author's work on canvas, which remains faithful to him by confirming, in his production, the rejection of chromatic cosmetics considering them superfluous. He approaches this series with an attitude of studying and searching for new interactions between the geometry applied to the architectures of alphabetic structures and the space in which they float.
In some works-particularly TP -18, TP-19, TP-20-the exploded letters disappear and give way to the forms created by the lines, which made freehand in a state of execution evocative of an automatic writing process, become protagonists creating sophisticated interconnected and acute, intricate structures. Tortured papers is an exercise in breaking the study of alphabetical structures, a graphic split from the grapheme that results in fusion/clash with the square, circle and triangle, primary elements that symbolize devotion to geometry and evoke its perennial presence. The repetition of the straight lines inscribed in the figures or free, introduces in Rae's production the concept of repetition that will later evolve into that of temporal succession, which will be the leading theme of the later series of Modular Systems (2011/ongoing) and Temporal Units (2023). The dense amount of linear, post-alphabetical and geometric elements and the warlike rhythms unleashed by their interactions place the paper medium in a conceptual condition of extreme load by putting it under physical strain, this idea therefore titles the series "tortured papers" wanting to evoke the figurative extreme limit inflicted on paper as the theater of the intense scenario created by the author.