PALM SPRINGS FINE ART FAIR 2016
Modernism Week has become one of the most important weeks for art in the valley and kicks off a series of important events starting with the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair where we premiered the Gerd Lieder exhibition that will be installed in the gallery next. We also showcased the breathtaking sculptures by Roger Reutimann for the first time. The opening night was less of a social event this year and more of an opportunity for collectors to get a first look, which translated into very strong sales for our gallery with several important works selling within hours of the fair opening. The inventory from the fair will be back at the gallery this coming Tuesday and we are taking appointments to preview the works from the upcoming exhibitions with works by Gerd Lieder and Pascal Pierme. The Robert Dunahay exhibition is also still on display – don’t miss it!
Gerd Lieder’s painstakingly composed oil paintings are often coined hyperrealism because of their exquisite photorealistic qualities. But the artist does more than merely present literal depictions of life. He in fact delves further by utilizing the tool of reflection to educe deeper meaning and inspire a double take toward everyday scenes that might otherwise remain mundane.
Common circumstances become elevated in surprising ways as his brush bestows color, innuendo, contrast and form to moments captured within surfaces. These moments, glimpsed in transit by Lieder, are documented, pulled from obscurity and delivered in all their spontaneous and surreal glory. Fleeting snapshots arrive from unexpected places: lingering inside a drop of water idling on the trunk of a car, forming a tiny world in a glossy metallic panel of a high-heeled shoe, mysteriously lurking behind prismatic planes of glass, or embedded within a shopkeeper’s window in the form of a woman’s face being refracted back upon itself. The viewer becomes complicit with the artist’s gaze, mining mirrors for the stories within the story. Perspectives refresh, delighted by the shift in looking.
These freeze frames of existence become further endowed with meaning through Lieder’s meticulous process, which requires hundreds of hours of inch-by-inch painting rather than a more traditional layering technique. The initial reflection thus becomes reflected anew, only this time informed by solidity and permanence.
The Gerd Lieder inventory is not online yet, but available to see in the gallery by appointment. We will install this week and once the catalog has been sent to our clients the full inventory will be online.
SEE AVAILABLE WORKS BY GERD LIEDER
Swiss-born artist Roger Reutimann creates sculpture that explores the relationship between the human body and its non-physical environment through a synthesis of seemingly conflicting styles. This is perfectly exemplified through his Perception series, which was inspired by the art of ancient Egypt. Hieroglyphics were two-dimensional representations of three-dimensional objects used to tell stories. In this work, Reutimann articulates the basic female figure through two-dimensional simplified silhouettes that upon further reflection and varying shifts in perspective reveal abstract three-dimensional shapes. These pieces require a double take with their slick metallic finish and stunning elegance. In his Dreams series, Reutimann explores the foggy line between reality and fantasy with highly polished, life-sized figures that float somewhere in that space between our subconscious and conscious presence. The artist engages in a rigorous studio practice seven days a week, which includes the production and fabrication of all his work. This discipline and attention to detail shows up delightfully in his art, which provokes new ways of looking at traditional forms.
SEE AVAILABLE WORKS BY ROGER REUTIMANN