For immediate release:
Put It There: New Paintings and Ceramics
February 27 – April 3, 2010 / Opening reception Saturday February 27th 5-8pm
Western Project is proud to present new works by Michael Reafsnyder. A native of Southern California and graduate of Art Center College of Design, Reafsnyder paints like no one else. The new paintings and ceramics reveal a single-mindedness about making art; brash, dramatic and insistent. Each work is a monument to a maelstrom of process and ideas. The paintings are produced in one long session while the ceramics are slowly built over weeks; both maintaining an immediacy and sense of wonder. This body of work is composed of relentless waves and arcs of paint. It is an ocean surface of thoughts; one setting off the next across the canvas in a dense and highly constructed, colorful mass. His images are the knife’s edge; a shrill harmony, and intelligent precision. While referencing Dubuffet or Asger Jorn, Reafsnyder mines the territory of pleasure and joy. The ceramics are dense configurations built and squeezed into existence. Much like the paintings, they are mysteriously constructed and challenge the notion of high and low art; wholly playful and simultaneously undeniable. Relentlessly, the artist has continued to explore the sensations of what it is to be alive and to live boldly. The work does not pander to art history clichés of the artist’s drama; it is about the moment of now and the exuberance of life itself.
Reafsnyder has recently exhibited at the Blaffer Museum and CTRL Gallery in Houston, and has shown at University of Las Vegas, Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid, Portland Art Museum, Otis College of Art and Design, Black Dragon Society, Blum & Poe, Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles, and many other institutions and galleries. He is in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, Creative Artist’s Agency, Laguna Art Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, among others.