Sweets and Highlights
Trayte completed his PG Dip Fine Art from the Royal Academy Schools in 2010. Solo exhibitions include Pazar Istanbul Art Projects (2014), Nude Identity Gallery, Hong Kong (2011) and Under a Pine Tree Simon Oldfield Gallery, London (2011). Group exhibitions include Union of Voices, Horatio Jnr, London (2014) Sculpture Al Fresco III, Great Fosters, UK (2013); Josh Lilley Gallery, London (2012), Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2011); Poppy Sebire Gallery, London (2011)), Franks-Suss Collection, Saatchi Gallery, London (2010) and awards such as The Land Securities (2011).
One of today's most promising talents, Trayte's painted bronze sculptures and aluminium cut-outs feature imagery that resembles food, confectionary and natural forms. In thinking of food as a basic material, he uses castings and facsimiles to examine the many ways in which we perceive and utilise our resources. From the ruthless efficiencies of modern agri-business to the chill chains and hypermarkets of our distribution networks, Trayte’s work explores cultivation and consumption.
This approach to making sculpture has been largely informed by the vocabulary of colour used in food display and packaging and specifically on the science of perception and how it is used in industry to manipulate consumer decision-making. By incorporating diverse influences from glossy synthetic surfaces, product advertising and the interbreeding of seeds to industrialised processes like aquaculture or agro-plantations, he attempts to form a discourse that explores our innovative abilities to manage and manipulate both the built and natural world.
Contrasting materials such as vinyl, ceramic, concrete, bronze, aluminium, iron, steel, fabrics, resins, PU foams and pigmented rubbers are combined and homogenized as a means of describing this language and responding to our complex systems. Once cast in bronze, cut in aluminium or fabricated in steel, Trayte’s work is often covered in meticulously painted layers. The synthetic 'skins' give the work a chameleon appearance and pop status that is at times, seductive and alluring. These flamboyant facsimiles are like synthetic fruits of the world, voluptuous, supine, candied and highly polished. They stand magnificently both as aesthetic objects and as elevated representations of our burgeoning consumer culture.