Reick is an unconventional artist and the press release accompanying the announcement of this show was far more personal than usually arrives from galleries. Here is part of that;
“James has always sifted source material from commercial advertising catalogs. But for first time, James has deviated away from exclusively using commercial catalogs by introducing imagery from manufactured studio locations. It is obvious that the self-imposed exile to Hollywood and the celluloid scene of Los Angeles has influenced his current work. Like the magic of movies, our beliefs are momentarily suspended as we gaze at these images of beautiful people, visiting exotic locations, indulging in the finest that life has to offer, knowing all the while that the compositions are make-believe. “
The pieces shown in On Location are paintings from digitally composited studies of figures—in “grandiose landscapes.” It doesn’t take too long before a familiarity with these “figures” will dawn on the viewer; they are from advertisements. The backdrops are likewise “manufactured nature.”
Interesting concept behind aesthetically pleasing pieces? What is not to love.
Reick, who now lives in Los Angeles, did his undergraduate and graduate studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He also attended the Glasgow School of Art and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Scuplture. His work is in numerous collections.