Erik ReeL painting World Without Walls
Erik ReeL, “World Without Walls“, acrylic on canvas, 82 x 92 inces, 184 x 208 cm, 2017, in UpFront Studio with Rhonda Hill, February 2017

“ReeL’s technique exhibits a high degree of transparency, layering, sfgraffito and graffitto, with a strong sense of hand, the hand-made, and an absence of any references to the material world. This work can be seen as a thorough-going critique of materialism, the machine or machine-made, and the triumph of feeling over the manufactured. For ReeL, marking is a defining characteristic of the human and the primordial act of signification and meaning for human consciousness.”     Nikki Arconi

“Like an archeologist uncovering the remnants of written language Reel creates meaning from, not just what is visible, but in what has been obscured.  To understand Reel’s work one must look at his attraction to such seemingly incongruent influences as erased whiteboards, blizzards, improvisational music, and abandoned industrial sites. His work celebrates the meaning in remnants, the hidden, the random and destroyed. Symbols and letters populate Reel’s works with jazz-like randomness. It appears that he has taken a paragraph and expunged the structure and the keywords, leaving the viewer to create meaning and beauty from the residue.” [edited from exhibition materials, Porch gallery Ojai]