Over a 45 year career Rakerman has presented his unique take on the world through his art using various locations throughout the world as his subject - rooted in exploring the concept of visible vs invisible.
Rakerman converts the collected ephemera leftover from his journies transforming everything into a new visual form. This includes notes, guide books, timetables, tickets, bills, and receipts. Being just as relevant to his experience of the ‘landscape’, as the destinations themselves, he explores the nature of human presence expressed by its vehicles, pavements, bridges and car parks, and the inevitably rejected. Often his intention is to release that other identity; which the most commonplace, everyday objects can have and recreate them in a visual way: by simply allowing the item itself to make the art.
His portfolio, ‘The Unpromising Landscapes’, has been made from actual ground surfaces and recovered objects from various locations including Fracking Sites, Places of Special Scientific Interest and along the coastline of Sizewell near a nuclear power plant. As with the series called ’31 Things You May Easily Recognise’, Rakerman’s work can easily be interpreted as one or several different identifiable objects, however arranged in abstract presentation.
Rakerman trained at Ravensbourne School of Art and later opened his first London studio in 1991. He continues to exhibit in London, with work held in the V&A permanent collection and has won awards including the BBC Design Awards.
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