Tuesday, September 30, 2014

James Rieck's newest body of work, "ColorSafe,"


I thought I'd share this it seems like a really cool painting. The subject matters close to my heart.
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James Rieck

ColorSafe

October 9 - November 8, 2014
  
James Rieck, Lighter Color Combinations 
2014, Oil on canvas, 64 x 54 in / 162.5 x 137 cm
  
Opening Reception
Thursday, October 96-8pm
  
James Rieck's newest body of work, "ColorSafe," is a continuation of his earlier paintings sourced from clothing catalogs but with a focus on color and pattern. These 'vintage' images come with all sorts of inferred ideas about the aspirations of the American dream, often from a white, middle-class, conservative perspective. Rieck's paintings are constructed from images used by mainstream department store catalogs from the late 1960s / early 70s. This was a particularly turbulent time for social change in this country, yet here on the pages of these traditional catalogs, where time often seems to stand still (frozen), a shift was taking place. This was a new era in American history, where white models and models of color were standing side-by-side in equal status as if they were friends and having fun - posing in pairs, laughing, joking and sharing secrets.  Given the racial divides of the time, were they just acting/modeling then or was there actual camaraderie? Did we believe them, or did we just want to believe them? Rieck conceptualizes these idyllic moments via the loaded content about race and class that ensues. Issues that we as a culture are still working through today. Read more

James Rieck earned both his MFA and his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. Rieck's paintings have been exhibited across the United States. Museum and group shows include: "We Could Be Heroes: The Mythology of Monsters and Heroes in Contemporary Art" at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, "Size Does Matters," curated by Shaquille O'Neal, the Flag Foundation, New York, "As Others See Us: The Contemporary Portrait," Brattleboro Museum, VT, and at the Corcoran Museum, Washington, DC. His work is present in the Burger Collection, the Bollag-Rothschild Collection, Switzerland, and the Chadha Collection, The Netherlands, among others. James Rieck lives and works in Los Angeles and has been represented by Lyons Wier Gallery since 2003.

Click here to view images from the exhibition
Colored Cotton Blends 2014, Oil on canvas 
54 x 64 in
With Like Colors  
2014, Oil on canvas 
54 x 64 in
Mixed Colorful Separates 2014, Oil on canvas 
54 x 64 in
In Your Choice of Colors 2014, Oil on canvas 
54 x 64 in

Also on view in our Project Gallery

CHRIS COSNOWSKI
October 9 - November 8, 2014
Chris Cosnowski, Nike with Slit Skirt
2014, Oil on panel ,70 x 40 in / 177.8 x 101.6 cm

Chris Cosnowski is known for his impeccable, photorealist paintings of trophies, mass-produced plastic toys and figurines. The painstaking process he employs embues his work with an undercurrent of irony and humor, elevating the objects' vernacular to create icons that enkindle the viewer's intellect as much as their nostalgia.

Cosnowski received his MFA in Painting from Northwestern University and his BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, OH. His work has been exhibited in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and London and has appeared in publications such as New American Paintings, American Art Collector and Chicago Magazine.  He lives and works in Chicago.



ARTIST TALK w/Chris Cosnowski

Friday, October 10th, 4.30-6.00pm
Queens Central Library
89-11 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11432

 

For more information & availability, contact:
LYONS WIER GALLERY
542 West 24th Street, New York, 10011
Gallery Hours: Tues - Sat, 11am- 6pm