Contemporary Abstraction

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Erik ReeL, #1925 Rebar 9, acrylic on canvas, 54 x 48 inches

Sullivan Goss : An American Gallery exhibits Erik ReeL’s Rebar 9,  featured  Continue reading “Contemporary Abstraction”

Beauty is a form of knowledge

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Erik ReeL in studio, photo Jonas Lara

A man shoots fashion in the street.  He looks for something the fashion houses haven’t seen yet. He becomes famous. Late in his life he is invited to speak. He says:

“Beauty is a form of knowledge. If you seek beauty, you will find it.”

After the excesses of the 18th century, many would claim that beauty was a superficial pursuit.  But I say:

Just because someone has a superficial idea of beauty does not mean beauty is superficial.

Because that photographer is right. Beauty is a form of knowledge.

Henry Taylor at Blum & Poe

Oxnard-born Henry Taylor’s current solo show takes up the first floor of the Blum & Poe space in Culver City, Los Angeles. Best known for his large, thickly-painted, emotionally-charged paintings, often modeled on photographs, but not photorealism in any sense of the word, Taylor in this exhibition also extends  Continue reading “Henry Taylor at Blum & Poe”

Hannah Arendt’s Human Condition

Hannah Arendt
Hannah Arendt, author of The Human Condition

I recently read Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition [University of Chicago Press, 1958].  I’ve only been wanting to read this book for about 40 years, finally a short while ago a copy fell into my hands and I said, OK, it’s about time to actually read it.

It’s a quite idiosyncratic, extraordinary, and fascinating book. No other  book  Continue reading “Hannah Arendt’s Human Condition”

Open Studio

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Laurie Kirby, founder of Fest Forward, at Erik ReeL studio. John Lacques and Noah Thomas in background. photo: Rhonda P. Hill.

So much fun. Just had my Summer Open Studio with John Lacques [percussion] and Noah Thomas [horn] playing free-form jazz.  What a blast.

These guys can really play.  Noah can channel Miles on a conch shell. Where else are you going to hear that?

Improvisational music, improvisational painting.  A room full of great people grooving it.

At left you can see Laurie Kirby, founder of Fest Forward, channeling Antonioni’s cinematography.  She’s not really a movie star, just one of the most kick ass experts on how to run a major music festival on the planet.  ’nuff said.  See y’all next time.

Morris Graves Museum Show Opens

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Erik ReeL, Opus 2033, Hidden, acrylic on paper

The Erik ReeL: Full Circle solo show at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka [see side bar] will open this Saturday.  The show has already been up for two weeks.

There is also a music festival going on at the museum this weekend, so there should be lots of interesting things to do.