The Worms in the Walls at Mondrian's House
BravinLee programs is very pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Jennifer Wynne Reeves.
The exhibition opens Friday, February 15th from 6-8pm. In addition to the opening of the exhibition, Reeves will be signing copies of her new book Soul Bolt, a limited edition of Reeves’s prose and setup photography. The publication of Soul Bolt was funded by The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Reeves emphasizes the sensual and appealing nature of lushly rendered surfaces, colors and forms. Though an abstract painter on many levels, she remains ostensibly loyal to art’s original historic purpose to describe recognizable figures and tell their story. Reeves reverses the traditional painterly course that evolves figuration into abstraction. Instead, evolving abstraction into figuration, she creates a cast of abstract characters infusing them with the power of representational story telling. They appear and re-appear like actors on a stage playing roles. These ambiguous motifs may suggest good or evil aspects, they may be victim or predator, as they obliquely reveal aspects of the artist’s life and experience.
In chapter 39 of Reeves’s book, Soul Bolt, her absurdist theatricality is self-evident as she presents the artist studio as a busy chorus of voices of metaphorical exile, loss and a hard won victory, on a trek through the creative process and life itself:
"Abstraction talks her head off. She has a lot to say. I tune out or listen, rattled by her noisy silence. Read her lips, learn her sign language. Pthalo Blue ponders her hue; I go along to see what happens. The worms in the walls of Mondrian’s house whisper sweet nothings to my idea-machine. I step into his tidy studio, everything a rectangle except for one blight, the wood stove. Oops: a little imperfection to stay warm. Jazz needs heat; jazz has jaws. They crack a future flummox to my now. I trip forward, reach backwards, backlit on a representational journey. Abstraction catches my hand in hers; I can feel she’s there, hot with ideas, a spool of suggestions, the answer for a painting, a perfectly unexpected Boogie Woogie."
Reeves has enjoyed numerous exhibitions internationally including one person shows at Gian Enzo Sperone in Rome, Max Protetch in New York, Ramis Barquet in New York and Monterrey, Art & Public in Geneva, The WorcesterArt Museum in Massachusetts, Joan Prats in Barcelona, and Gorney Bravin + Lee in New York. The many reviews of her exhibitions include The New York Times by Holland Cotter, The New Yorker by Alexi Worth, New York Magazine by Jerry Saltz, Art in America by David Ebony, Art forum by Donald Kustpit, The New York Times by Ken Johnson, The Village Voice by Kim Levin and in Art in America by Sarah Valdez.