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Christopher Reiger
updated: 09/05/2011
website: www.christopherreiger.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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without maps or manifest
the gardener's recurring dream
turned, to a transparent fire
the wildlings come to feed
a cruel and beautiful faraway place
between meaning and material (h.H.R.)
A Retching
memory like albedo
slow motion, falling through the ylem
breaking off and starting again, again
living, moving, in the space between
Forgotten Blood Roots #1
Synesthesia #1
further murmuration
Constellation (a, b, c)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  violence, animals, biomorphic, landscape, spiritual, psychological, nature
 
 
without maps or manifest by Christopher Reiger
without maps or manifest
Watercolor, gouache, sumi ink and marker on Arches paper
2009
32" x  27" 
the gardener's recurring dream by Christopher Reiger
the gardener's recurring dream
Pencil, watercolor, gouache, sumi ink and marker on Arches paper
2009
32" x  32" 
turned, to a transparent fire by Christopher Reiger
turned, to a transparent fire
Watercolor, gouache, acrylic, sumi ink and marker on Arches paper
2009
22" x  22" 
the wildlings come to feed by Christopher Reiger
the wildlings come to feed
Watercolor, gouache, sumi ink and marker on Arches paper
2008
27" x  27" 
a cruel and beautiful faraway place by Christopher Reiger
a cruel and beautiful faraway place
Watercolor, gouache, sumi ink and marker on Arches paper
2007
32" x  27" 
between meaning and material (h.H.R.) by Christopher Reiger
between meaning and material (h.H.R.)
Watercolor, gouache, graphite and marker on Arches paper
2007
32" x  32" 
A Retching by Christopher Reiger
A Retching
Watercolor, gouache, sumi ink and marker on Arches paper
2006
42" x  42" 
memory like albedo by Christopher Reiger
memory like albedo
Pen and sumi ink, gouache, watercolor and marker on Arches paper
2009
30" x  15 3/8" 
slow motion, falling through the ylem by Christopher Reiger
slow motion, falling through the ylem
Pen and sumi ink, gouache and watercolor on Arches paper
2009
13" x  13" 
breaking off and starting again, again by Christopher Reiger
breaking off and starting again, again
Gouache, watercolor and marker on Arches paper
2009
15" x  19 3/8" 
living, moving, in the space between by Christopher Reiger
living, moving, in the space between
Gouache, watercolor and marker on Arches paper
2009
15" x  14 7/8" 
Forgotten Blood Roots #1 by Christopher Reiger
Forgotten Blood Roots #1
Pen and ink, sumi ink, gouache and watercolor on Arches paper
2008
17 1/2" x  14 3/4" 
Synesthesia #1 by Christopher Reiger
Synesthesia #1
Pen and ink, sumi ink and watercolor on Arches paper
2008
18" x  15" 
further murmuration by Christopher Reiger
further murmuration
Watercolor, gouache, pen and sumi ink on Arches paper
2008
12 3/8 " x  13 1/4 " 
Constellation (a, b, c) by Christopher Reiger
Constellation (a, b, c)
Pen and ink and watercolor on Arches paper
2007
11 3/4" x  14" 

Artist Statement

My artwork is principally concerned with contemporary man's mutable conception of nature and our place in it.

Growing up on the rural Delmarva Peninsula, I became acquainted with the local flora and fauna at a young age. Whether working at field chores, hunting, fishing, or simply playing, my outdoors experiences were akin to the Wonderland exploits of Lewis Carroll's Alice. Carroll's premise, that "things get curiouser and curiouser," guided me through many a childhood adventure. I anthropomorphized animals and cast them as key players in an epic production of which I, too, was a part. For me, as for Alice, the natural world was enchanted and ethical in an unsentimental way.

As I matured, however, my childhood love of nature evolved into a fascination with biology and ethology, a process akin to the broad philosophical and intellectual developments impelled by the European Enlightenment. In the 16th century, educated Europeans began to distinguish between fantasy and fact, between myth and history. They gradually abandoned enchantment and magic in favor of analysis and rigorous experimentation, hallmarks of the scientific method.

Yet this divide between imagination and reason diminishes our comprehension of the world. The English poet and critic John Ruskin alluded to this deficit when he wrote of "the broken harmonies of fact and fancy, thought and feeling, and truth and faith." A complete appreciation of nature requires us to interweave cognition with imagination. My pictures are the observations of a naturalist working at the intersection of fable and fact.

 

Artist Bio / CV

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2009

Some Species of Song, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY
2006
Mongrel Truth, AG Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

TWO AND THREE PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2008
Animus Botanica: Boyce Cummings, Christopher Reiger and Amy Ross, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY
2003
There's Got To Be A Morning After: David Colosi, David McMurray and Christopher Reiger, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2011
Secret Garden, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY
Wicked Little Critter, Kristi Engle Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2010
Uprooted, Heart Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Sideshow Happening, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
100 Starlings: The Nomadic Studio, DePaul University Art Museum, Chicago, IL
Single Lady, 224 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
The Endangered Species Print Project, Barbara&Barbara Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Last Book, Zentral Bibliothek, Zurich, Switzerland
Vision Quest, Observatory, Brooklyn, NY
2009
Two Degrees of Separation, Gallery Satori New York, NY
2008
Gifted, Cerasoli Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Year of the Rat, Archibald Arts, New York, NY
Opportunity As Community, Dieu Donné Papermill, New York, NY
Splash, Cerasoli Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Flight of the Mechanical Bumble Bee, AHL Foundation, New York, NY
2007
The Blogger Show, Digging Pitt Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2006
Mad Cow, NURTUREart, Brooklyn, NY
Summer Group Exhibition, exit (a gallery space), Cleveland, OH
Fabula, Mushroom Arts, New York, NY
2005
Le Petit Prince, AG Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2004
The Relevance of Observation, Warner Gallery, O'Brien Arts Center, Middletown, DE
Slice and Dice
, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY
Drawing Conclusions 2, Rocket-Projects Gallery, Miami, FL
The Truck Stops Here, Plus Ultra Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
It's A Wonderful Life: Psychodrama in Contemporary Painting, SPACES, Cleveland, OH