STREET now open! Chicago | Los Angeles | Miami | New York | San Francisco | Santa Fe
Amsterdam | Berlin | Brussels | London | Paris | São Paulo | Toronto | China | India | Worldwide
 
Chicago

Packer Schopf Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Psychedelic
942 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60608


January 11th, 2013 - February 16th, 2013
Opening: 
January 11th, 2013 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Succubus, Bruce RileyBruce Riley, Succubus,
2012, mixed media on panel, 30" x 24"
© Bruce Riley
> QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.packergallery.com/index.php
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
West Loop/West Town
EMAIL:  
packer@packergallery.com
PHONE:  
312.226.8984
OPEN HOURS:  
Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 5:30pm
TAGS:  
Mixed Media painting
> DESCRIPTION

Bruce Riley is an alchemist.  It’s an overused term in abstract painting but in this case it’s true.  Using experimental techniques for creating the paintings for his current show, Riley plans his paintings, but along the way he wrangles the accidents and mistakes that are inevitable. In the studio he focuses on flow allowing immediate observation to guide a painting's progress. He keeps everything fresh within his daily routine by working on multiple works, which inform and feed on each other. He cannot say what it is that tips a painting in one direction or the other. It's just apparent to him when something is done. The process is a living thing that's of the moment.  The recent paintings have a psychedelic, organic sculptural feel about them. They are process-driven, relying on chance as much as intent and chemical interactions within the paint are always welcome. Riley paints for himself, but if the viewers were to forget themselves while looking at these pieces, they would be as close as one can get to an understandable meaning.

 

Educated at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, he spent most of his time studying the works in the adjoining Cincinnati Art Museum. The artist also studied fine arts at the University of Cincinnati where he discovered The Princeton University Press’ Bollingen Series. These published works of philosophers and progressive thinkers like Eric Neumann, Carl Jung, David Bohm and J. Krishnamurti, were of great importance to the artist’s development.


Copyright © 2006-2013 by ArtSlant, Inc. All images and content remain the © of their rightful owners.