Filed under: Austin, Review | Tags: Brian Fee, Jason Middlebrook, Lora Reynolds Gallery
Painting on wood panels is old-school, the most popular way of supporting media until canvas took over in the 16th century. Jason Middlebrook isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel by painting directly onto internally cut trunks from the local mill. But in relocating from Williamsburg to Columbia County in upstate New York seven years ago, the artist began infusing his nature-minded oeuvre with the natural landscape. The Line That Divides Us, Middlebrook’s debut solo exhibition at Lora Reynolds Gallery in Austin, is a distillation of his most recent work: subtle compositions on their own sublime hardwood slabs. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor
Jason Middlebrook | Black Betty, 2013, Spray paint on cherry, 105 x 18 x 1 1/4 inches. Courtesy the artist and Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin. Continue reading
Filed under: Austin, Review | Tags: Brian Fee, Ewan Gibbs, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Richard Foster
Take two fortyish male English artists sporting intricate, process-driven drawing prowess: one a bespectacled, intellectual northerner (Richard Forster), the other a bearded, loquacious southerner (Ewan Gibbs). Put them in a room together. Wait two years. What do you get? An intense discourse on drawing and its ability to convey emotion as acutely as a photograph. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor
Left: Richard Forster | Fashion Girl Woodland Shoot, 2012, Graphite and acrylic medium on bristol board, 12 1/6 x 8 1/8 inches. Courtesy the artist and Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin.
Right: Ewan Gibbs | Arlington, 2012, Graphite on paper, 17 7/8 x 12 inches. Courtesy the artist and Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin.
Filed under: Review | Tags: Brian Fee, Carl Hammoud, Lora Reynolds Gallery
Carl Hammoud’s message is an open book. This may be unhelpful on the surface, as that book is comprised of blank pages — just as a series of labeled jars (for volatile chemicals? Scented oils? Are they filled at all?) appear without elucidating text. Yet therein lies the message: an image’s power to represent reservoirs of information while simultaneously being that reservoir of information. His debut U.S. solo exhibition, A Zone of Reduced Complexity at Lora Reynolds Gallery in Austin, bears much to consider. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor
Carl Hammoud | Collection, 2012, Oil on linen, 27 3/16 x 31 3/16 inches. Courtesy the artist and Lora Reynolds Gallery.
Filed under: Austin, Review | Tags: Brian Fee, Cordy Ryman, Lora Reynolds Gallery
Scraps and discarded wood become remarkable, contemplative creations in Cordy Ryman’s hands. His style bears some influence of dad Robert—connoisseur of white tones and alchemist with mounting implements—but Cordy is more likely to coat his second- or thirdhand lumber with dazzlingly colorful paint. Or he’ll leave the wood bare to highlight its recycled history. Viewing Ryman’s work, his relief-like paintings and painterly sculptures, in his second solo exhibition at Lora Reynolds Gallery is best done up close and personal. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor
Cordy Ryman | Green Book, 2012, Acrylic and enamel on wood, 24 x 20 x 6.5 inches. Courtesy the artist and Lora Reynolds Gallery.
Filed under: Austin, Heart to Art | Tags: Benjamin Butler, Bradney Evans, Brian Fee, Ewan Gibbs, Francesca Gabbiani, Heart to Art, Karen Breneman, KEHINDE WILEY, Lora Reynolds, Lora Reynolds Gallery
Imagine my thrill as a seasoned New York art-goer thrust back into the unfamiliar Texas Hill Country this summer (I graduated from University of Texas at Austin but hadn’t visited the city but once since then), going totally off a strong recommendation from Big Apple friends to visit Lora Reynolds Gallery. Imagine that joy when stumbling into a clean, well-lit white-box, with its raw concrete floor and huge windows, which just happened to be showing former Armory Show artist Susan Collis (So it goes, May 14-July 16, 2011). Since then (and looking back at gallery archives proves it), Lora Reynolds’ eponymous space has consistently staged solo, duo and group exhibitions of local and international artists that challenge minds and emphasize the fortitude of a Texas-based gallery on the larger art world. – Brian Fee, Austin Contributor...Check back on December 28th for Part Two of Brian’s Heart to Art interview with Lora Reynolds!