Conduit Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by German-born, Dallas-based artist. This latest series introduces a sense of otherness to his treatment of landscape and explores the possibility of metaphorical content.
Landscape has been an enduring theme and passion of Ziegler’s for over three decades. Earlier work presented scenes in precise detail, depicting nature “as it is”, providing the opportunity to spend extended time with moments that are normally fleeting. This most recent work is comprised primarily of painting using carbon black acrylic on watercolor paper as well as photographic digital prints. The paintings are literal translations of photographs taken in the snowbound, volcanic lands of Norway and Alaska. They mark a move to a further level of abstraction, reflecting a desire to reveal the bare essence or underlying spirit of places that are somewhat ‘unplaceable”. Rock, snow and sky merge into seamless, flat vistas. Land, horizon and scale are rendered as ambiguous, two-dimensional patterns. While fully realistic, these pared down images take on a mysterious, Rorschach-like quality. What remains are only the essential elements of each scene: extremes of black and white. An unknown landscape is an unknown place.
A native of Germany, Reinhard Ziegler moved to Dallas in 1963, receiving his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University in 1974, and later teaching photography at Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. He holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Iowa Visual Scholars Program, and also served on the faculty of the University of Iowa. He has exhibited throughout the country and is included in several corporate collections including; Accenture, Delta Airlines, Texas Instruments and the Rosewood Corporation.