Fort Works Art welcomes artist Reisha Perlmutter to Fort Worth. Coming off of her recent nationally acclaimed show in New York entitled “King Woman”, an all-female show curated by Mashonda Tifrere, it is an honor to showcase her work in her first Solo Exhibition with the gallery. Residing and working in Brooklyn, Perlmutter has shown at some of the most prestigious galleries in New York and the Hamptons including Allouche Gallery and Roman Fine Art respectively. Since graduating from The New York Academy of Art in 2015 her traction and exhibitions have been beyond prolific.
Reisha Perlmutter’s works are charged with the role femininity plays in our society and the undercurrents that exist within this content and conversation. The female form, whether in her water filled worlds or coated in mud, capture moments of purity and freedom for the subject and reflect upon their feelings on their bodies. There is a self-realization of the changing, transitioning and searching women go through in their journey for self-acceptance. The water offers the opportunity of examination, while the mud coating brings a contradictory clarity to the female form.
Perlmutter is a native Floridian whose life has always been impacted by water for both therapy and a release of self that comes when you are immersed, suspended and floating underwater. Many of the depictions in her works are self-portraits or images of the artist, which show her development and quest to understand her own identity. Perlmutter stated in an interview with the Hamptons Art Club, “I specifically have chosen to work with feminine imagery in order to speak directly to the relationship women have with our bodies, and how we choose to define ideals of femininity. Water holds us entirely in peace and allows us to return to an intimacy with our bodies. By avoiding the inclusion of cultural signifiers and clothing, the primal relationship between body and nature surfaces. Understanding our bodies and our femininity becomes a story of our own; an intimate quest to connect with ourselves.”
The ability of water to heal her own physical pain had her begin to examine other women and the experiences they go through after trauma, illness, or intense physical change. This can be seen in her work “Aditi” specifically which addresses a woman whose body has been transformed due to illness. The strength and power of her stance shows her acceptance and the power that exists within that acceptance. It alludes to a transcendence towards a new acceptance of what beauty is.
While Perlmutter’s works are realistic, she shies away from being defined as a hyperrealistic artist and her painterly strokes, when viewed in person, demonstrate her love of oil paint. The imperfections that exist when creating her works are parts she strives to emphasize and show beauty within. She is able to manipulate the paint in a way that leaves the surface full of texture and brush strokes. Upon closer examination there is a quality of abstraction that is achieved through the way in which she manipulates her painted surfaces.
Reisha Perlmutter grew up in Naples, Florida and is currently based in New York. She received her BA in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, where she was mentored by Susanna Coffey, who influenced her work. Additionally, she studied painting in Umbria, Italy, attended classical French atelier painting and drawing courses at Studio Escalier (Paris, Loire Valley). She earned an MFA in figurative painting and anatomy from the New York Academy of Art in New York. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Miami, Munich, Southampton and East Hampton, NY, Naples, FL and Westport, MA. One of her newest paintings will be featured as part of the Naples International Film Festival in October 2017.
In 2016, her art was selected for the exhibition "Water|Bodies" at the Southampton Arts Center in Southampton, NY. Her painting, Receive, was featured on the catalogue cover for the group show curated by artist Eric Fischl and David Kratz, president of the New York Academy of Art.
In a review for Hamptons Art Hub, James Croak wrote "Reisha Perlmutter’s “Aqua” series of delightful underwater nudes seem to have been painted with an effortless facility that belies her young age. Showing her work Receive in the show and also using it on the cover of the catalog seems entirely appropriate, but it is still quite a milestone for an artist in her mid-20s. Her work is vaguely photorealism but doesn’t suffer from the stiffness so often associated with 'projected imagery.'"
August 29 - October 13, 2018
Fort Works Art (2100 Montgomery St, Fort Worth TX)
Fort Worth Fall Gallery Night
September 8, 2018
12-9 pm (open gallery)