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Gavin Brown Enterprise, New York
Through his paintings and sculptures, Gernman Anselm Reyle is reviving
concepts of 20th century art history. The artist often mentions that
painter Otto Freundlich has been a great influence to him. Minimal and
abstract, Reyle’s works are notorious for eye-catching colors and
surfaces, and are created with a variety of mixed media, such as
chrome, enamel and glitter. His paintings can be drippy, gestural or
sharply geometrical, yet his works are related by their patterns and
bold palettes. Stripes and kaleidoscope-like patterns are common
compositional cliches that Reyle makes his own.
View of Valley Of The Snake Ladies at Andersens Contemporary via Kopenhagen
Reyle produces sculptural works made of cheap, everyday items, and
also has an interest in found-object art, creating a replica of a tiny
sculpture, or developing a painting from a motif he saw in a magazine.
Playing with the cliches of modernism, his chrome found-object
sculptures are glitzy, kitsch and rock-and-roll decorative. Other
objects appear plasticized, like a factory prototype. Reyle is also
known for sculptures made of worthless foil that hang on gallery walls
like topographic maps of a monochrome mountain range. While his
techniques and subjects are diverse, a fascination with the
aggressiveness of neon lighting and psychedelic color palettes are
common threads that also run throughout his work. With an abundance of
creations that are aesthetically simple purely formal, for Reyle, it
doesn’t take much to make a piece of art.
untitled (2006) via Kopenhagen
More info about the artist coming soon.