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Annelise E. Ream
updated: 10/26/2010
website: www.anneliseream.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
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Escape Goat
Double Goat
The Summoner
The Pardoner
Transmission of Symbols and Plans I
Transmission of Symbols and Plans II
Rites of Expiation
The Goat That Departs
Bearing Iniquities
The Holy Cultivator
The Salt Vow
The Separation Between the Place of Water and the Place of Blood
Hecatomb
Shipbreaking I
Shipbreaking II
 
Portfolio Keywords:  spiritual, conceptual, mimetic, biomorphic, diagrammatic, meditative, repetition, systems
 
 
Escape Goat by Annelise E. Ream
Escape Goat
Ink, graphite, and acrylic on wood
2010
7 " x  5 " 
Double Goat by Annelise E. Ream
Double Goat
Oil and graphite on paper
2010
13 " x  10 " 
The Summoner by Annelise E. Ream
The Summoner
Gouache, graphite, acrylic, oil on wood
2010
7 " x  5 " 
The Pardoner by Annelise E. Ream
The Pardoner
Ink, graphite, and acrylic on wood
2010
11.5 " x  9 " 
Transmission of Symbols and Plans I by Annelise E. Ream
Transmission of Symbols and Plans I
Gouache, ink, graphite on paper
2009
10 " x  13 " 
Transmission of Symbols and Plans II by Annelise E. Ream
Transmission of Symbols and Plans II
Gouache, ink, graphite on paper
2009
13 " x  10 " 
Rites of Expiation by Annelise E. Ream
Rites of Expiation
Gouache on paper
2009
10 " x  13 " 
The Goat That Departs by Annelise E. Ream
The Goat That Departs
Gouache, graphite, and acrylic on wood
2009
23 " x  31 " 
Bearing Iniquities by Annelise E. Ream
Bearing Iniquities
Ink and acrylic on paper
2009
20" x  13" 
The Holy Cultivator by Annelise E. Ream
The Holy Cultivator
Gouache and graphite on paper
2009
12 " x  10 " 
The Salt Vow by Annelise E. Ream
The Salt Vow
Gouache on paper
2009
13 " x  10 " 
The Separation Between the Place of Water and the Place of Blood by Annelise E. Ream
The Separation Between the Place of Water and the Place of Blood
Gouache on paper
2009
10 " x  13 " 
Hecatomb by Annelise E. Ream
Hecatomb
Gouache and graphite on canvas
2009
7 " x  7 " 
Shipbreaking I by Annelise E. Ream
Shipbreaking I
Oil on inkjet print
2010
11 " x  8.5 " 
Shipbreaking II by Annelise E. Ream
Shipbreaking II
Oil on inkjet print
2010
11 " x  8.5 " 

Artist Statement
“What was the appearance of your face before your ancestors were born?” This question exemplifies what Buddhists call a koan. A koan is a riddle or contradiction that cannot be resolved through reason. A tool of meditation intended to upset and unbalance the mind, the koan helps the open and relaxed mind to conjoin things ordinarily incompatible and to break through conceptual barriers imposed by language.

My most recent body of work is inspired by folk-tales and mythology from across a broad spectrum, and seeks to find the parallels and commonalities between diverse cultural stories, all of which attempt to make sense of the inherent contradictions and incongruities of existence. By juxtaposing disparate images and objects drawn from the imagery of these stories, I hope to create a space for the viewer to explore the fragile relationship between being and meaning, and to experience a sense of wonder inspired by the temporary displacement of the latter in favor of heightened consciousness of the former. In much of my work, I use broken and severed images to speak of a sense of alienation, isolation, and loss that results from inequality of many kinds. Color and composition are tightly controlled and rational in direct contradistinction to the seemingly irrational and absurd images. Through careful interaction with these seductive incongruities, the final work becomes abstract, linguistic constraints dissolve.

Socially constructed meaning and egoistic consciousness have an oppressive tendency which art has the ability to transcend. Similarly, the koan, when realized, releases the mind from the confinement of local language in order to attain a higher level of lucidity. It is in such moments that one is free to see beyond the individual to the universal.

Artist Bio / CV

Education
MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1999

BFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, 1990

Honors

Catwalk Residency, Catskill, NY, August 2008
Listagil Residency, Akureyri, Iceland, Winter 2007

Solo Exhibitions
Sketchbooks, Open Source Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2010

Sea Systems, Deiglan, Akureyri, Iceland, 2007
Systems of Suffering and Redemption, Carbon 14, Philadelphia, PA, 2005
Room of the Invisible Man, Gallery 2, Chicago, Illinois, 1998
BFA Exhibition, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1990

Group Exhibitions

A Book About Death, Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, NY, 2009

Postcards from the Edge (Visual AIDS Benefit),James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY, 2007
Wish You Were Here V, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY, 2006
Generations 5, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY, 2006
I.H.M.J., The Drawer @ 676, New York, NY, 2005
Wish You Were Here III, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY, 2004
Generations 02, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY, 2002
Night of 1000 Drawings, Artist’s Space, New York, NY, 2001
MFA Thesis Exhibition, SAIC, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL, 1999
Batten, Behar, Bine, Choe, Fitch, Hecht, Nigro, Ream and Zaretsky, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL, 1999
ArtLink@Sotheby’s, International Young Art, 1999
NSUSAIC Sixth Annual Art Appreciation Program, Nippon Steel, Chicago, IL, 1998-99
2Up: The Philadelphia Art Alliance’s First Annual Juried Exhibition, The Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1995
Figure Painting Exhibition, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1990
Tyler at Schuylkill, Schuylkill County Council for the Arts, Pottsville, Pennsylvania, 1990
Landscape at Tyler, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1990
Figure Painting Exhibition, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1989
Sculpture Seminar Group Installation, Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania, 1988

Slide Registries
Pierogi Brooklyn Flat Files, October 2007 to present

NURTUREart Artists' Registry, May 2006 to present
Brooklyn Arts Council Registry, May 2006 to present
The Drawing Center's Viewing Program and Slide Registry, February 2006 to present
Artists Space: Irving Sandler Artists File Online, March 2006 to present