Joe Reihsen
About Face

Joe Reihsen, abstract painting, abstraction, bright colors
Joe Reihsen
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About Face
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November 5th – December 30th, 2016
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OPENING: Saturday, November 5th, 2016 from 6-9pm
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The Hole is proud to announce the first New York solo exhibition by LA-based artist Joe Reihsen. “About Face” will use all galleries in our entire 3,800 sq. ft. space, with a range of works from three up to twenty feet.

Reihsen’s paintings are very important to see in person, hence our excitement about having them here for the first time in an extensive show. He makes abstract works in a new way, handmade paintings that are so eye dazzling and surreal as to look like fancy digital prints. This combo of traditional painting and a geeked-out digital aesthetic comes natural to the artist who grew up in the 80s, as digital imaging technology spread and shaped our way of composing images.

The paintings combine loose backgrounds, spray, and lifted brushstrokes that are painted on mylar, sprayed then peeled up and collaged onto the painting. These details quote painting as a genre, containing all the history of the brushstroke in a lifted note, transplanted into a strange new space for consideration. Brush strokes repeat, become transparent, are sliced and phase shifted, are drop-shadowed: the same way in the computer you might copy and paste, scale up or down, invert hue, blast saturation, push contrast and apply filters of texture to “painting”, Reihsen remixes these tropes across his analog panels.

With airbrush he can soften focus; with peeled up sheets he can make pachydermal paint “skins”, through angled spray he can pull out dramatic topography; Reihsen uses an assortment of these innovative paint moments to create panel paintings that feel deep and endless, holographic at times, and dynamically futuristic.

The newest works in the exhibition are so far out there they start to turn back in and resemble faces. In an abrupt “about face” the artist turns his attention to representation, backing away from the abyss of abstraction to look at each stroke as a representational element once more. We can now see his earlier pieces in a new way; if each brush stroke is both abstract (in form and idea) and representational (of a stroke, of “painting”), could there be a space of “pictorial abstraction” in which the duality can persist?

Joe Reihsen was born 1979 in Minnesota and lives and works in Los Angeles. Solo exhibitions at Praz-Delavallade in Paris and Brussels, Brand New Gallery in Milan, Anat Ebgi in Los Angeles; group shows at Arsenal in Montreal, with Lawrence Van Hagen in London and here at The Hole; art fairs around the world; all have established Reihsen as an important new voice in abstract painting. For more information email raymond@theholenyc.com.

Featured image: L-Train Dog Talk, 2016, acrylic on birch panel with brass frame, 96 x 78 inches, 243.8 x 198.1 cm

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Joe Reihsen, abstract painting, abstraction, bright colors, mixed media, acrylic, birch panel

“Nude Massage Therapist”, 2016, acrylic on birch panel with brass frame, 60 x 47 inches, 152.4 x 119.4 cm

Joe Reihsen, abstract painting, abstraction, vivid colors, mixed media, acrylic, birch panel

“All Good Things”, 2016, acrylic on birch panel with brass frame, 60 x 47 inches, 152.4 x 119.4 cm

Joe Reihsen, abstract painting, abstraction, vivid colors, mixed media, acrylic, birch panel

“Cheating on Me? I Doubt It”, 2016, acrylic on birch panel with wood frame, 60 x 47 inches, 152.4 x 119.4 cm

Joe Reihsen, abstract painting, abstraction, vivid colors, mixed media, acrylic, birch panel

“Everything Fits”, 2016, acrylic on birch panel with brass frame, 60 x 47 inches, 152.4 x 119.4 cm

Joe Reihsen, abstract painting, abstraction, vivid colors, mixed media, acrylic, birch panel

“Emma. Yea You.”, 2016, acrylic on birch panel with brass frame, 53 x 45 inches, 134.6 x 114.3 cm

Joe Reihsen, abstract painting, abstraction, vivid colors, mixed media, acrylic, birch panel

“Crazy Blue Eyes on Driggs”, 2015, acrylic on birch panel with wood frame, 60 x 47 inches, 152.4 x 119.4 cm

Joe Reihsen, abstract painting, abstraction, monotone, mixed media, acrylic, birch panel, geometric

“You Were Reading Beloved on the A”, 2016, acrylic on birch panel with wood frame, 53 x 45 inches, 134.6 x 114.3

Joe Reihsen, abstract painting, abstraction, vivid colors, mixed media, acrylic, birch panel

“Redhead at Equinox”, 2016, Acrylic on birch panel with brass frame, 60 x 47 inches 152.4 x 119.4 cm

Joe Reihsen, abstract painting, abstraction, vivid colors, mixed media, acrylic, birch panel

“Pizza Delivery Guy Around 6:31, 2016”, Acrylic on birch panel with wood frame, 60 x 47 inches 152.4 x 119.4 cm

Joe Reihsen, abstract painting, abstraction, vivid colors, mixed media, acrylic, birch panel

“Sleeping in Hell’s Kitchen”, 2015, Acrylic on birch panel with wood frame, 60 x 47 inches 152.4 x 119.4 cm

Joe Reihsen, abstract painting, abstraction, monotone, mixed media, acrylic, birch panel, geometric

“The Reflective Glass of the Uptown A”, 2016, Acrylic on birch panel with wood frame, 53 x 45 inches 134.6 x 114.3 cm

Joe Reihsen, abstract painting, abstraction, vivid colors, mixed media, acrylic, birch panel

“Hot Fat-Assed Man”, 2016, Acrylic on birch panel with wood frame, 53 x 45 inches 134.6 x 114.3 cm

Joe Reihsen, abstract painting, abstraction, vivid colors, mixed media, acrylic, birch panel

“West Side YMCA Lunch Fun”, 2016, Acrylic on birch panel with wood frame, 53 x 45 inches 134.6 x 114.3 cm

Joe Reihsen, abstract painting, abstraction, vivid colors, mixed media, acrylic, birch panel

“Hot FedEx Delivery Guy”, 2016, Acrylic on birch panel with wood frame, 53 x 45 inches 134.6 x 114.3 cm

Joe Reihsen, abstract painting, abstraction, vivid colors, mixed media, acrylic, birch panel

“Julie at Bergdorfs”, 2016, Acrylic on birch panel with wood frame, 96 x 78 inches 243.8 x 198.1 cm

Joe Reihsen, abstract painting, abstraction, vivid colors, mixed media, acrylic, birch panel

“Yoga & Massage for 3”, 2016, Acrylic on birch panel with wood frame, 96 x 78 inches 243.8 x 198.1 cm

Joe Reihsen, abstract painting, abstraction, vivid colors, mixed media, acrylic, birch panel

“Double Wide”, 2016, Acrylic on birch panel with wood frame, 96 x 240 inches 243.8 x 609.6 cm

Joe Reihsen, abstract painting, abstraction, vivid colors, mixed media, acrylic, birch panel

“Gary the Drywaller from Belize…”, 2016, Acrylic on birch panel with wood frame, 53 x 45 inches 134.6 x 114.3 cm

Joe Reihsen, abstract painting, abstraction, vivid colors, mixed media, acrylic, birch panel

“Equinox. You Gave Me a Show from the Sauna”, 2016, Acrylic on birch panel with wood frame, 53 x 45 inches 134.6 x 114.3 cm

Joe Reihsen, abstract painting, abstraction, vivid colors, mixed media, acrylic, birch panel

“Barber Shop Mandy”, 2016, Acrylic on birch panel with wood frame, 53 x 45 inches 134.6 x 114.3 cm

Joe Reihsen, abstract painting, abstraction, vivid colors, mixed media, acrylic, birch panel

“Your Beefy MUSCLES Are HOT!”, 2016, Acrylic on birch panel with wood frame, 60 x 47 inches 152.4 x 119.4 cm

Joe Reihsen, abstract painting, abstraction, vivid colors, mixed media, acrylic, birch panel

“Chasing Clouds”, 2016, Acrylic on birch panel with wood frame, 60 x 47 inches 152.4 x 119.4 cm