Artist StatementLocal qualities in Stephen Reichert's recent paintings include non-representational markings and circles. Some marks are finely and meticulously applied with brush or knife while others are pulled or smeared in larger quantities across the canvas, wood or metal, with rubber, metal, wood and plastic objects, often repeated numerous times before completion. Some regional qualities of this series include a limited color palette—with harmonious color-tonality—focused on darkening or lightening of hues upon layering. The semi-transparent quality of many of the oil paints allows the viewer to witness, after the fact, the progression of the painting and observe some seemingly unfinished qualities of the work that allow the painting to invoke within the viewer a sense of motion—progression or expectation—even as the painting remains in a finished state. Other perceptual regional qualities in this series include textured surfaces—creating a potential sense of movement or calm—and a range from semi-gloss to matte surface finish within different areas of the same painting. Diagonal, vertical and horizontal markings and circles often run off the edge of the canvas and draw the viewer’s eye off the picture space, thus encouraging multiple ways of viewing the work and allowing the viewer’s mind to imagine the individual work as part of a larger unseen whole.
Stephen Reichert (American, b. 1975) was born in Brandon, Wisconsin and has since lived and had studios in Chicago; Washington, DC; and Baltimore, where he currently lives and works.
Reichert’s artwork is predominantly about the objects themselves—whether paintings, drawings or mobiles—and less about external ideas, intentions or methods by which the objects were created. He prefers normative statements about his work, such as critical evaluations of particular qualities in the physical objects, instead of non-normative “affective terms” to describe the object or to speculate about the artist or the artist’s intentions in creating the work.
Reichert's work is in private and public collections. Recent shows include Area 405, Sotheby's Roland Park Gallery, City Life, Gallery 788, New Day Campaign, A.H.O. Galleries, Artdromeda, and Mt. Vernon Art Exhibition hosted by TLP Photo and Kelvin Bulluck Pictures. His work was most recently featured in a course at Loyola College. He has a degree in philosophy from Trinity College and studied painting, aesthetics and other artistic disciplines. He is the founder and editor of the poetry magazine Smartish Pace and lives in Baltimore.
Stephen Reichert is represented by K. Hamill Fine Art & Design.