Randi Reiss-McCormack works in multiple medias including painting, etchings, mixed-media works on paper, and assemblage. Her paintings are combinations of images from varied sources, weaving tales that veer from their meanings, sometimes rendered and improvised, morphed or embellished. Everyday rituals and cyclical patterns are a large part of this painting vocabulary. The strange mix of unease and humor are evident in the use of media and subject matter. Working in a collage sensibility, images coalesce and collapse almost simultaneously. In the compressed space of the canvas, there are many methods employed, including stenciling, printing and layering to create a frenetic, energized sense of movement that flirts with a controlled chaos.
Recently, the paintings and prints have exhibited the influence of printmaking processes and the integration of their marks. Also, the melding of low-tech modalities such as hand printing, sewing and collage combined with digital manipulation and transfers, has enriched this varied vocabulary in new mixed-media venues. The interaction of memory and subconscious on the plethora of visual imagery is the source of this work. The patterns have a magnetic power over the reordered images and time and the subconscious warp them into a state of flux. There is a magnetic tug of war between context and process producing a playful, inventive work.
Randi Reiss-McCormack recently had a solo exhibition at Harmon Art Labs in Washington D.C. and took part in a group exhibition of Printmakers from SOL Print Studios at Stevenson University in Baltimore. She has exhibited in Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, California, Seattle and London, England. She has received the Maryland State Individual Artists Grant numerous times in three different categories. Currently Randi lives and works in Baltimore, MD, USA and is working closely with Sol Print Studios, working on a series of Print Editions in Solar Etching and conducting workshops on techniques to develop photo polymer plates. An upcoming group print exhibition will be this summer at the Cosmos Club in Washington D.C.
1987-1989 Masters of Fine Arts, Painting/Mixed Media
Mount Royal Graduate School, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD.
1979-1983 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting/Printmaking
Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Ithaca, NY
2012 – Present Sol Print Studios, Reservoir Hill. Baltimore, MD
Instructor Solar etching Workshops
2005 – Present Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Instructor Continuing Education; Painting, Mixed-media
2003- 2012 Carroll Community College, Westminster, MD
Instructor; Painting, Drawing, Printmaking Workshop
1989-1993 Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD
Instructor; Two Dimensional Design, Drawing I and II.
1988-1990 School 33 Arts Center, Baltimore, MD,
Instructor; Painting, Mixed-Media
1987 Nantucket Island School of Design, Nantucket, MA
Instructor; Alternative Photo Processes
2011 One person Exhibition, Harmon Art Lab, Washington D.C. Sept.
2011 Two-person Exhibition, Jordan Faye Contemporary, Baltimore, MD March.
2006 Two-Person Exhibition, Gallery Imperato, Baltimore, MD.
2000 New Works, Atelier 31 Gallery, Kirkland, WA.
1988 On Your Mark, Juried installation for School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD, Oct.
1986 Recent Constructions, One-person exhibition, Juliani Gallery, Mass. Bay Comm.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2013 Noesis Cosmos Club, Washington D.C. Curated Helen Frederick, May.
2012 Stevenson University Art Gallery,First Impressions; Sol Print Studios, Juried Print Exhibition, Diane DiSalvo curator, Stevenson, MD, October.
2011 Salt Gallery Space with Mandala House, 2nd annual Art Show and Fundraiser, NYC,.
2011 Scope Miami, digitally represented as finalist, Myartspace.
2010 Small Works, Jordan Faye Contemporary, Baltimore, MD.
2008 Material Girls, Jordan Faye Contemporary, with Beth Hoeckel, Mia Halton Baltimore,MD.
2007 Hidden and Revealed , Maryland Art Place curator Peter Dubeau, Baltimore MD.
2007 Expanding Circles, DCCA, , curated by Susan, Isaacs, Wilmington DE
2007 Believe It: 14 Painters, Curated by Jordan Faye Block, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD.
2007 Puchi Nippon, Centerstage, Baltimore, MD.
2007 Drawn to the Walls, Cade Gallery, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold MD.
2004 London Art Fair, London, U.K.
2004 American Realism, Plus One Plus Two Galleries,161/163 Seymour Pl. London U.K.
2003 Charmopolis,curated exhibition for Maryland Art Place,34 Market St. Baltimore,MD.
2003 Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Juried Exhibition, George Ciscle, Wilminton, DE.,
2002 International Juried Show 03, Juror’s award, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit NJ.
2002 Re-Figuration, Howard County Art Center, Ellicott City, MD.
2002 International Fine Arts Competition, Fraser Gallery, Georgetown, Washington, DC.
2001 Charmopolis, A Baltimore Attitude Show, Cade Gallery, AACC,Arnold, MD.
2001 Best of Show Art Auction, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
2000 The Millenium Group Show, Atelier 31 Gallery, Kirkland WA.
1999 Artscape 2000 minus 1, juried by Doreen Bolger, Howardina Pindell and Terri Sultan,
1998 Artscape 98, juried art annual, juried by Gary Sangster, Director Contemporary Museum, Olga iso, Assistant Curator Hirshorn Museum. Mt. Royal Ave. Summer.
1996 Abstracted/Figured/Exposed, School #33 Art Center, juried by Margo Crutchfield Richmond Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
1996 Artscape, 300 Signs, A Streetscape Installation, Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD
1995 Art MD., Juried Biennial, curated by Phyllis Rosenzweig, Associate Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. 1993
1994 Growth and Atrophy, The Empathetic Landscape, School #33 Art Center, Baltimore, Md.,
1993 Maryland State Artists Series, The House Project Installation,
1992 The Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, MD,.
1990 Art Maryland, The Coaches, Juried by Brian Wallis, Senior Editor, Art in America, Howard County Center for the Arts, Ellicott City.
1990 Urban Forces, "Between the Walls", installation exhibited, curated by Oletha DeVane for Artscape '90, Baltimore’s Festival of the Arts, Maryland Institute, Baltimore, MD, July.
1988 Furniture, Form and Fantasy, curated group exhibition, Starr Gallery, Jewish Community Center, Newton, MA.
1987 Collaborative Installation with Artist's Call, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, June.
2008 Individual Artist’s Grant, Painting, Maryland State Arts Council.
2005 Trawick Prize, Third Place, Bethesda, Maryland.
2004 Individual Artist’s Grant, Two-Dimensional, Maryland State Arts Council.
2000 Individual Artist’s Grant, Two-Dimensional, Maryland State Arts Council
1991 Individual Artist’s Grant, New Genres, Maryland State Arts Council.
1989 Graduate Scholarship, Maryland Institute, College of Art.
Works on loan at the U.S. Department of State 2003-2005
R.J.A. and Associates, Chicago, IL
Georges Marciano, Beverly Hills California
“Urbanite Magazine”, Baltimore MD, August 2010
“New Dimensions in Photo Processes” Laura Blacklow Focal Press, 2007,
“New American Paintings” Juried Exhibition-in-print#39, Open Studios Press, Boston, MA,2002.
“The City Paper”, July 2003.
“The Howard County Times”, Spetember 2002.
“New American Paintings”Juried Exhibition-in-print #21,Open Studios Press, Wellesley, MA,1999