Joe Reihsen, b. 1979, Blaine, Minnesota. Lives and works in Los Angeles.
Reihsen’s abstract paintings have a flatness of a computer screen. Using various painting tools and brushes, the artist creates texture, depth, and perspective of an illusionistic nature. Although they are made with paint, the effect is as if its from a digital source, mimicking a mechanical reproduction such as a print, photograph or Xerox copy. Chromatically, the result is a cross between AbEx and Color Field painting smudged with finger prints on an iPad screen; the complex treatment of texture bestows an additional element and makes the work striking and contemporary.