Friday, April 24, 2009
One of the highlights of my recent art traipse was seeing the studio of Roland Reiss. He’s a subtle abstract painter who works with geometry and texture. Got a tip to ask to see his new work. It was really stunning--Dutch-like florals, highly finished, with his abstract imagery layered behind the bright tangled stems. I hope I didn’t offend when I said it reminded me of doodle art, those large poster and marker sets we used to get every Christmas. Imagine Lari Pittman crossed with Manny Farber.
He asked me not to publish photos of the new work on my blog because it’s still under wraps publicly. It was just great to feel his excitement at turning a corner, synthesizing what has come before.