John Reichert, "Reach," 2004, fabricated Corten steel, patina, 6' x 3' x 1.5'.
Verve Gallery, Regina, SK.
By Kristin Linklater
John Reichert spends most of his time working on large-scale public sculptures, works that directly inform the smaller paintings he creates in his studio. Drawing on similar ideas of landscape and perspective, the studio pieces are typically more abstract in approach. “I think the main difference is that the smaller studio works are more of a process of instant reaction,” he says. “The smaller works are much more immediate and capture the energy of the piece at that point in time.” The process, then, is intertwined; the large public sculptures inspire the studio work as the studio work feeds the larger pieces. This exhibition presents a series of topographic landscapes of carved plywood painted in acrylics, many incorporating metal. Reichert is a sculptor, even in his painting, and these works have a textural dimension, playing with light and shadow as a sculpture would. He approaches painting as a method for communicating the same ideas of place that his sculptures convey so effectively.
Represented by: Verve Gallery, Regina.