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About Joe Reihsen

Joe Reihsen uses varying thicknesses of paint to create textured, abstract works that are simultaneously ethereal and dense. His primarily pastel palette and rough geometric compositions lend his paintings a near-mystical quality, while the tactile masses of paint applied as top layers possess an undeniable materiality. With flat underlayers that often appear to have been produced through the scraping away of paint, the works' tension lies in their contrast of surfaces: smooth is juxtaposed with rough, addition with subtraction. With titles like I Should've Gotten Your Number After the Orgy (2013) and Busty Bombshell In Pasadena (2013), Reihsen's paintings are also whimsical, alluding to narratives and ideas outside the picture frame.

American, b. 1979, Blaine, Minnesota, based in Los Angeles, California

Solo Shows on Artsy

Joe Reihsen "About Face", The Hole, New York
Aftermarket Interior, Factory Paint, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles

Group Shows on Artsy

Post-Analog Painting, The Hole, New York