Erik ReeL


Pointing out that the long arc of human intellectual history has been toward greater abstraction, ReeL develops a wide ranging discourse on abstraction in visual art and its relationships to referentiality, internality, improvisation, history, oppression, and apocalypse. Including an indictment of materialism on a variety of distinct registers, connections are made to the misuse of history in support of the injustices of sexism, racism, and colonialism through a tyranny of false evidence and deceit.  Highly readable blend of theory and open-ended musings on our times by an accomplished improvisational painter. First edition, digest-sized hardback.

ISBN 978-1-7375507-0-9

Hardcover
2021
161 pages
$27.50   US

Erik ReeL


Pointing out that the long arc of human intellectual history has been toward greater abstraction, ReeL develops a wide ranging discourse on abstraction in visual art and its relationships to referentiality, internality, history, oppression, and apocalypse. Including an indictment of materialism on a variety of distinct registers, connections are made to the misuse of history in support of the injustices of sexism, racism, and colonialism through a tyranny of false evidence and deceit. Highly readable blend of theory and open-ended musings on our times by an accomplished improvisational painter. Digest-sized paperback, no illustrations.

ISBN 978-1-7375507-1-6

Paperback
2022
161 pages

$21.95 US

scheduled for publication in late 2022

Alexis Kinoshita and Grace Moen


Reproduction of 17 major paintings from 2017 to 2020 in full color. Biographical essay by Alexis Kinoshita covering key milestones in the artist's life, and a poem by Grace Moen. To read Kinoshita's full text click HERE.

ISBN 978-0-578-72463-8

Softcover
2020
30 pages, 17 illustrations in full color
out of print

sold out


Portland Album 1

Erik ReeL


Album reproducing small drawings and larger paintings created by ReeL in first months of COVID 19 pandemic shortly after ReeL and his wife moved to Portland, Oregon [Opus numbers 2398 to 2417] in early 2020. No text. Never published.

2020

23 color illustrations

no longer available


Erik ReeL : Full Circle

Morris Graves Museum of Art


Catalog of Erik ReeL solo exhibition at the Morris Graves Museum of Art, curated by Jemima Harr, Executive Director of the Morris Graves Museum of Art. Contains full page full color reproductions of all 17 paintings in the exhibition. Publication of the exhibition Erik ReeL : Full Circle that ran from 12 March through 1 May 2016. Published in conjunction with the Morris Graves Museum of Art and the Humboldt Arts Council.

Hardcover

2016

17 illustrations full color

out of print

available in Morris Graves Museum of Art library and collection


Tabula Rasa

Jae Carlsson


Exhibition catalog of the Tabula Rasa solo exhibition of Erik ReeL's painting at the 643 Project Space in Ventura, California in 2013. Contains 14 full-page full-color illustrations of paintings in the exhibition and an exceptionally original piece of writing by Jae Carlsson on ReeL's painting. Historically important due to Carlsson's writing. Extremely rare and difficult to find catalog.

Hardcover

2013

14 color illustrations

out of print

sold out


Erik ReeL

Painting catalog 1352 - 1401


Beautiful special edition catalog produced for collectors containing some of the most important Erik ReeL paintings from 2009 and 2010, the first year after he stripped out all references to the material world from his work in line with an expanding anti-materialist critique within the work. Many of the works in this catalog have been exhibited multiple times and entered private collections.

Hardcover

2010

21 color illustrations

out of print

sold out


[cover illustration not available]


From the Private Collection

of Erik ReeL


Special edition catalog of Erik ReeLs in the private collection of Erik ReeL that were released to private collectors in 2013 and 2014 through a private bidding process.

Softcover

2013

out of print, no longer avaialble


Erik ReeL : Painting Catalog 1250 -1456

Nikki Arconi


Special edition catalog for collectors of Erik ReeL paintings, opus numbers 1250 - 1456 along with Markings essay by Nikki Arconi. Full text of Arconi's essay available HERE. Catalog was not produced in conjunction with any specific exhibition but covers work from multiple exhibitions and collections. Contains 95 full-page color reproductions of ReeL's work including some from the artist's own private collection and the private collection of his wife, Rhonda P. Hill. Highly sought after publication due to the large number of reproductions of key work not otherwise accessible to the public and the importance of Arconi's essay.

Hardcover

2011

95 full-page color illustrations

out of print

sold out



Erik ReeL

Works on Paper


Twenty works on quarter-sheet archival print-making papers [75 x 55 to 70 x 50 cm], opus numbers 1262 to 1303 completed in 2009 are presented in full color. This publication documents the beginnings of ReeL's stripping out all references to the physical world during his critical transition year 2009. Special collector's limited edition. Cover illustration is of opus 1290, Seat of Power, acrylic on paper, 75 x 55 cm, 30 x 22 inches, 2009 [private collection].

Hardcover

2009

20 full color illustrations

out of print

sold out


Erik ReeL

Paintings

 

Special collector's edition covering paintings created in the first months after ReeL stripped all references to the material world from his work. Includes a 2008 version of ReeL's prose poem Letter to a painting from the edge of a continent. Twenty-two color illustrations. Cover image is ReeL's Tat for Tat, opus # 1260, pastel and acrylic on canvas, 122 x 163 cm, 48 x 64 inches, 2009. A prototype version of this publication was also run in a very limited edition titled Kaos, with Letter to a painting from the edge of a continent, and a dozen color illustrations that focus on the first paintings ReeL produced after the key anti-materialist breakthrough of 2009, including an unlabeled reproduction of The Beginning, Opus 1250, acrylic on panel, 122 x 61 cm, 48 x 24 in, the cover image Tat for Tat, Man vs. Nature, opus 1251, acrylic on panel, 122 x 61 cm, 48 x 24 in, The Beginning's companion panel, and the beautifully sparse opus 1256, Five Years on the Zauber Zee, acrylic on linen, 117 x 92 cm, 46 x 36 in, all of early 2009.

Hardbound

2009

22 color illustrations

out of print

sold out


Erik ReeL

Paintings and Drawings

Enrico Santini


Santini's book includes color reproductions of entire series of transitional work that is both highly abstract and often figurative, including line drawings on paper. Many important series are represented such as the Dreamers, Pools, Night Balconies and an extended sequence from the Vinyard paintings. The book includes many works that have never been exhibited or illustrated anywhere else and which are now buried in private collections. As Santini explains in his introduction, the book is laid out to "reveal certain formal developments" and relationships. He also includes a note explaining how ReeL's opus numbers work [called "catalog numbers" in Santini's text]. The book also includes most of the Lighthouse paintings, including the two major oils, opus 172 and 173, Lighthouse  and Lighthouse I, that were damaged beyond repair in the fire that destroyed the original Caruso / Woods gallery in Santa Barbara where a number of ReeL's paintings and drawings were stored. Heavily illustrated in full color. The cover painting is the luminous opus 647, Viva Catalonia, oil on panel [mislabeled as being an acrylic in the book], 122 x 81 cm, 48 x 32 inches, from 2002, based on a Picasso Seated Woman,  painted shortly after ReeL returned from a trip to Paris and Barcelona.

Hardbound

107 color illustrations

2008

out of print

sold out, no longer available



Erik ReeL

Quantum Dynamics of Painting


Selection of Erik ReeL paintings from opus numbers 946 through 975, including some works on paper. This means work created just before the critical transition year of 2009 when ReeL stripped all references to the material world from his work. ReeL had a solo exhibition titled The Quantum Dynamics of Painting in 2008 at the University of California at Santa Barbara [UCSB] which exhibited a slightly different selection of paintings than are included in this publication.

Softbound

2008

24 color illustrations

out of print

sold out, no longer available


Erik ReeL

Face to Face


Erik ReeL figurative work created before September 2008. Though the title is the same, this is not an exhibition catalog of the Erik ReeL and Jimmy Jet exhibition at Seattle Pacific University in 1984. Includes 17 color reproductions of ReeL's work including a couple of his rare prints [heat-set serigraphs] and ReeL's prose-poem Letter to a painting from the edge of a continent of 2006. Cover above depicts ReeL's Facing the Future, opus 1062, acrylic on artificial paper, 35 x 28 cm, 14 x 11 inches, from 2008.

Hardbound 

also Softbound

2008

17 color illustrations

out of print

sold out.