Characterized by the illusion of an excessive amount of paint, Joe Reihsen’s work consists of optics and illusion at play in colors of neon pastels. The ambiguity of the creation of the work, as digital production or studio process, pushes the boundaries of surface, color and the flexibility of paint as medium. Reihsen’s performative method captures and intensifies the earlier version of his work, leaving behind an acidic rainbow of lines, shapes and smudges that appear to be lifted from the canvas. His work establishes an opposition between his pleasing use of color composition and shapes balanced against the tension in challenging the viewer’s perception and knowledge of artist creation. The amalgamation of Reihsen’s techniques are entrenched in the language of abstract painting, while still exerting their relationship to contemporary digital culture.
Aftermarket Interior, Factory Paint, September 13 – October 25, 2014
Clean Title, No Accidents, April 13 – May 25, 2013
Joe Reihsen, November 5, 2011 – January 7, 2012
Preview, April 24 – May 1, 2010
Born 1979. Lives and works in Los Angeles.
University of California at Santa Barbara, MFA
San Francisco Art Institute, Painting and New Genre, BFA
UC Regents Fellowship
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Factory Paint, Aftermarket Interior, Brand New Gallery, Milan, IT
Aftermarket Interior, Factory Paint, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA
Solo presentation, Miart, Milan, IT
Solo presentation, UNTITLED Miami, Miami Beach, FL
Solo presentation, NADA New York 2013, New York, NY
Clean Title No Accidents, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA
Joe Reihsen, The Company, Los Angeles, CA
Preview, The Company, Los Angeles, CA
New Paintings, Artspace, San Francisco, CA
Swamp Machine, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Next, curated by Jean-François Bélisle, Arsenal, Montreal, QC
Forms of Abstraction, curated by Susanne Van Hagen, Dickinson, London, UK
Blue, ALAC, Los Angeles, CA
This is the story of America. Everybody’s doing what they think they’re supposed to do, Brand New Gallery, Milan, IT
Dallas Art Fair, with Anat Ebgi, Dallas, TX
Le Fil Rouge, curated by Lucie Fontaine, with Anat Ebgi, ALAC, Los Angeles, CA
Invite, Circus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Mr. Nice Guy & Helper Outer, Performance by foot and limousine in Miami, Galerie Nuke, Paris, FR
artLA with RFC, Los Angeles International Art Fair, Santa Monica Convention Center, Santa Monica, CA
Big Trouble in Little China. Mountain Bar, Los Angeles, CA
Flow Charting. Raid Projects. Los Angeles, CA
Reboot!, RaidFC. Venice, CA
First Try, Warehouse 1310, San Francisco, CA
Joseph Reihsen and Christopher Meerdo. ArtSpace Chicago, Chicago, IL
Truck You, Public exhibition, Seventh and Folsom, San Francisco, CA
Sliv and Dulet Presents: The Summer Line, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
Ed Schad, “Two Worlds Colliding: Paintings in which analog and digital meet,” Modern Painters, June 2014.
Ed Schad, “Joe Reihsen: Clean Title, No Accidents,” Art Review, June 2013.
Hailey Lohman, “‘Clean Title, No Accidents’ by Joe Reihsen at Anat Ebgi Gallery, Los Angeles,” San Francisco Arts Quartley, April 2013.
T.S., “Not Your Average Joes,” Painting In L.A., April 2013.