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
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
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.
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 ChicagoMagazine. He lives and works in Chicago.