Anat Ebgi is pleased to announce Clean Title, No Accidents, Joe Reihsen’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. The show will open on April 13, and will be on view until May 25. A reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday, April 13, from 6-8pm, coinciding with the grand opening of the new gallery space located at 2660 La Cienega Blvd in Culver City.
In Clean Title, No Accidents, Reihsen pushes the boundaries of surface, color, and flexibility of paint. Reihsen employs a performative method he describes as “capturing and intensifying the earlier version.” The paintings are executed using pneumatic devices and commercial painting tools. As the paint dries, the texture flattens and we are left with an impression of the original composition; a variation of frottage. The result is an acidic rainbow of pigments, creating optical illusions, where shapes leap forward and lines vibrate.
The paintings effectively embody a play between the hand, machine, and perception. The skilled application of paint feels as if they are made of another medium — a Xerox print, photograph, or emulsion on film, leaving the viewer to wonder “how the f were these made?” The tension between the indistinguishable optical and organic forms triggers a hallucinatory afterimage that burns in the brain long after viewing.
Joe Reihsen, b.1979, Blaine, Minnesota, lives and works in Los Angeles. Joe received his BFA in painting and New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2008, Joe received an MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was awarded the UC Regents Fellowship. In May, the gallery will present a solo presentation of Joe’s paintings at the NADA Art Fair in New York City.