Piermarq is proud to present The Weight of Cold Meat: New Paintings by Caleb Reid, the artist’s first major solo exhibition at Piermarq comprising a diverse body of work, unified by a process of play, chance and intuition. His visceral works are a sensuous response to form, exploring various subjects, from the nude to his own emotional state.
In 2016, Reid was constantly moving, spending no more than a few weeks at any given location and creating work during intensive, isolated periods in make-shift studios across Australia. This body of work reflects this pace and movement, and explores the relationship between creative and emotional forces.
The body of work is a product of Reid’s experimentation with process. For American gunfight (2016), Reid rolled out a long stretch of canvas in a field producing a series of violent, turbulent works in quick succession. Whereas the erotic, interlocked forms in Still life with amyl bottle (2016) are more compositionally considered, using visual references from vintage smut books found in op-shops.
Asked about this body of work Reid expressed that; “These works come from me at a stage in my life where I am settled, and I just feel comfortable being playful with my art. These works are different as they aren’t coming from a depressive, adolescent mindset like some of my previous work.”
However, within this contentedness Reid is still able to create emotionally charged works that confront the viewer with their primal, abstract imagery and sumptuous colour.
The Weight of Cold Meat: New Paintings by Caleb Reid is the culmination of a year on the move. It is the expression of an artist who has found new vigour in what it means to be unencumbered by the past. A provocative and ambitious exhibition from a young artist who has found his meaning through the process of painting.
The Weight of Cold Meat: New Paintings by Caleb Reid opens on 10 November 2016 and runs until 26 November 2016 at Piermarq, 76 Paddington St, Paddington NSW 2021.