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Herbert Reichert
updated: 06/07/2009
website: www.herbertreichert.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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bibical woe
deep junk
mountain junk
pantheon mist
spectres d
untitled ryer
light temple brown
redyel pantheon
firescan 16
greenfire pine
whitesky
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  architecture, biomorphic, fantasy, craft, figurative, landscape, surreal, still life, spiritual, psychological
 
 
bibical woe by Herbert Reichert
bibical woe
c-print 5x7
2009
5 " x  7 " 
deep junk by Herbert Reichert
deep junk
c-print 5x7
2009
5 " x  7 " 
mountain junk by Herbert Reichert
mountain junk
c-print 5x7
2009
5 " x  7 " 
pantheon mist  by Herbert Reichert
pantheon mist
c-print 5x7
2009
5 " x  7 " 
spectres d by Herbert Reichert
spectres d
c-print 5x7
2009
5 " x  7 " 
untitled ryer by Herbert Reichert
untitled ryer
c-print 5x7
2009
5 " x  7 " 
light temple brown by Herbert Reichert
light temple brown
c-print 5x7
2009
5 " x  7 " 
redyel pantheon  by Herbert Reichert
redyel pantheon
c-print 7x5
2009
7 " x  5 " 
firescan 16   by Herbert Reichert
firescan 16
c-print 5x7
2009
Dimensions variable
greenfire pine  by Herbert Reichert
greenfire pine
c-print 5x7
2009
5 " x  7 " 
whitesky by Herbert Reichert
whitesky
c-print 5x7
2009
5" x  7" 

Artist Statement

Herbert Reichert – Artist Statement

At the start of every cosmology there is a dark motionless void.   Followed by a pantheon of sky and earth gods.  Light emerges from dark.  Consciousness emerges from change.  Codes and symbols appear -- accompanied by mounds, huts, lodges, temples, statues, paintings, sanctuaries, necropolises, palaces, cathedrals and citadels.   Mythologies evolve, prayers are chanted and songs are sung.  The subjects of my art lay in the realms of these earthly beginnings.   The content of my work lies in the shapes of forces cycling between the terrestrial and the celestial, between man and woman, between vibrating illumination and unseen truth.    

 

I never draw from observations of the so-called natural world.  To me, working “sur le motief” seems far less useful in terms of meaningful poetic content than constructing directly upon established myths or symbols of gendered natural forces.  

 

Typically, notions of virtue and value are assigned in direct response to coded mythologies.  My artistic goal therefore is to generate images that allude to that which preceded the historically personalized or “surnamed” mythologies.    I struggle to find images and objects that point directly at primary secular and mystical truths – to that which went before ‘the fall’ or ‘the liberation.’

 

Many of my images allude to ancient sacred places or simple farcical dramas like Punch and Judy or Comedia dell ‘Arte -- with the intention of tapping into my viewer’s unconscious.   Simultaneously, I hope to stimulate my viewer’s cultural memory with allusions to both European and Asian cultural history.  All of this; to generate an aesthetic that rises above the fashions of its time and keeps viewers wondering, studying and admiring - about the past and deep into the future.           

 

I design my art to be: clearly rendered, iconic, poetic, mysterious, wise, rich and luxurious, shapely, authoritative, sincere, and beautiful.   

Artist Bio / CV


CHRONOLGY:

2009 -Yes Gallery, NYC; one person show (photos and sculptures) 

2006 - Kentler International Drawing Space, NYC; “La Zona” group show

2004 -  UCN Gallery, Northampton, UK; Group Exhibition “Trends in Drawing”

2003 -  Islip Museum of Contemporary Art, Islip, NY; Group Exhibition 

            Kentler International Drawing Space, NYC: “Works on Paper”

2002  - Kentler International Drawing Space, NYC:  “Drawings for Peace” invitational       

2000   - Gallery Gertrude Stein, NYC, Group Exhibition; "Traveling"

1992 -  B4A Gallery, NYC; J.F.K. “In Memoriam” (with Mary Heilman, Sue Williams, Larry Clark, Leon Golub, and Kiki Smith)

1991 -  Renee Fotouhi Fine Art, East Hampton, NY “Myth and Denial”

1989  -  Jane Baum Gallery, NYC: Summer Group Exhibition

1988  -  AIDS Invitational Benefit Exhibition, “Artists for Artists” - Puck Building, NYC

1987  -  Weiser Gallery, NYC ; Group Exhibition "Ars Bruklyniensis" 

1986  -  Brooklyn Museum of Art; "Critic's Choice"  

1985  -  Brooklyn Museum of Art; "Waterfront Artists"

1984  -  John Davis Gallery, NYC; One Person Exhibition

-  Anne Plum Gallery, NYC; Group Exhibition

         -  Hudson Gallery, NYC; "The Dead Blimpy Show"

1983  -  John Davis Gallery, NYC; One Person Exhibition 

         -  John Davis Gallery, Akron, Ohio; One Person Exhibition

1982 - U.S. Army Terminal Brooklyn, NY; Group Exhibition, "The Terminal Show"

1982 - Henry Street Settlement (with Louise Bourgeois and Donna Nelson)

1981 - 55 Mercer, NYC; Group Exhibition, "New Painting"

1980  - 55 Mercer Gallery, NYC; One Person Exhibition

1979 - White Columns Gallery, NYC; Group Exhibition

1978  - Artist's Space, NYC; Group Exhibition, "12 Painters"

1976  - Aldrich Museum of Art, Ridgefield, CT; Group Exhibition

1974  - Art Institute of Chicago; "Artists of Chicago and Vicinity"

- 55 Mercer, NYC; Group Exhibition

1973 - Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship 

         - Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; "Critic's Choice"

1972 - Art Institute of Chicago; “Artists of Chicago and Vicinity”