Christopher Reiger AG galleryBrooklyn
fiddling while rome burns. Shine on you crazy Dimond.
Defeating the Desert Fox is a tough challenge, but not to hard, and is quite a rewarding fealing. Simply hearing your C64 shouting "ROMMEL" when he attacks, is enough to intimidate most people and make you jump high in the air. hereWrong Fox I guess.
Mr Murdoch is the Fox to worry about. http://www.foxnews.com/
foreground middleground, background.Pop.
#1. The foxes are restful, but they are babies so they don't know the dangers. #2. There is a fire and a cactus. Two natural events that cause harm.#3. There are beautiful flowers in the foreground and they represent youthful fox innocence. #4. This appears to be a watercolor and water puts out fire#5. This means that there is hope for the foxes and that cynicism must be snuffed out.
Is the middle fox yawning or screaming? The others don't seem alarmed. Which could be even more disturbing. Style-wise, this is really mixed. Peyote painting.
...sorry, I have no idea why this posted twice... once was surely plenty.
yawning. If he were screaming the others would be alarmed. But interesting point.
Reminds me a bit of Damien Loeb, in several respects.In fact, a lot of contemporary painting reminds me of Damien Loeb. Damien Loeb. WHen is your next show? Because people are stealing (or taking back or "owning" by inhabiting) your mojo. Its yours. take back your habitat. This also reminds me of candy corn, wallpaper print, restaurant mural paintings, magazine illustration (readers digest springs to mind) and that one biennial 2004 painter who paints with stained grounds and is due for a first quarter career retrospective. I like cactuses, wildlife, wildflowers and wildfire. Glad you could fit all that in.
Unrelated to Christopher Reiger, but still:Next time Charlie Finch mentions his wife in an article, I will drown a puppy.
"feel so good." it is about "feel so good" now? christ. most art crit is shit.
They're not perturbed because the fire isn't really there.... it's just one of those days!And...y'know, orange flowers/orange flames.... but I like the verticals
Next I read Finch I'll drown a cat...this painting is to kitch for me, its trying to hard to be bad motel art.If its not than its doing a good job, as that what it seems like to me.I can see this hanging in Howard Hughes's living room.
I honestly dont know where to start.
I agree with cha.
What's up with all the talk of drowning puppies and kitties? Has it come to this?
the sky holds impending doom with the smoke, and the ground offers soft vitality. the flames and the foxes, they stay somewhere between sky and ground. the relationship between the two i find interesting because of it's two-dimentionality, although a 3dimentional relationship is suggested. also, for me the 'cramming it all in there' evokes one's contemplation of a lifespan.
for me it evokes a hopeful feeling that this painting will have a very short life span.
I looked him up because I didn't understand this painting ( not sure if it was going for Walton Ford or kitsch). The work from 2004 has a Frederick Exley beautiful loser theme. I think he is depicting animals because they are vulnerable and the kitsch reading is off.http://christopherreiger.com
no amount of animal sacrifice wouldbe able to embue any sense of purposefor this dumb painting, with the dumbanimal stares -- I see Martin Eder in this,Eder's dumb-cat-stares. At least Eder hadthe redeeming insight to fortify hiscompositions with semi-naked chics.
well I stand corrected...Thanks for the link Kelli.The other work is nothing like eder. More like Muntean & Rosenblum.
What Reiger wrote about his mission is one thing, where his paintings went is another. They seem kitschy, intended or not, its too close for me.
ugg, they are growing on me a little. Hes a good painter. I can be entertained by that.
I'm with ya bruce. Though I do feelbad my about my hasty judgement...I still don't like the work (though theoldest work pieces seem interesting).Don't make me bring out that simpsons link yet again.
Wildlife portraiture with inspirational quotations. I thought this was the kind of stuff that I came to New York to get away from. Maybe it was all those State Fair art shows I was in as a kid that made me a bit skeptical, bitter. Now I see the error of my ways. This is actually the new frontier of advanced cutting edge painting, the intellectual heavyweight art only the most elite of the cultural coinsures can truly appreciate.This litter of desert fox cubs is a metaphor for the struggles of the contemporary family in the post 9/11 world, a world of ever shifting and perpetual political and cultural conflict as exemplified by the fire in the background. Simultaneously the symbol of the upright and erect cactus is a harbinger of the awakening sexuality within the adolescent cubs which to this point has existed with in the safe world of familial security. But where are the parents the objects of oedipal desire? The cubs have awoken to their absence and are at once confused and relieved. Perhaps they have been replaced by the flowers in the foreground which represent the tranquil and sleep inducing opium poppy an obvious reference to our societies over use of prescription drugs to deaden and ameliorate the normal energetic activities of children, which induces them in to a state of mind where they will become more pliant to the indoctrinations and manipulations of the corrupt capitalistic regime that is the Western hegemony.To those who feel life is a tragedy, to those who think life is a comedy. Imagine a drawing of a sandpiper on a beach.
rome burning...funny - i've never had any patience for end-times artwork.End-times music, sure. End-time's literature, I'm neverleft behind, man. But unless the art depicts me next toa lamb and a lion and a hot chick, I'm lost.
I guess that's me in the center there, yawning.oh shit.
The older work is seems more interesting to me. This one is the worst of the lot.
It does look like a big change between the work in 2006 and the previous stuff. I have to disagree about the kitsch. The 2006 work including this one seems kitschy to me. American high school art contest finalist.
i kill people's pets and sell them to the chinese restaurant on my street so fuck you.
Im tired of these stupid blogs where bitter un-talented failed and failing artists pick on some schmuck for making a damned painting. This guy is probably better than half of you. You people would'nt say this shit to the dudes face because you know you'd probably get your rude little teeth knocked in. TRY TO BE MORE CONSTRUCTIVE! You should look the guy up on net , don't just go by the lone three inch picture posted on the blog.
Hey I really like this painting. I looked at his site too. This is a show I will check out.I don't know how successful the people are on here I think it really varies but none the less they could with hold useless and sometimes cruel comments but when you put your work out there, you are putting it out there.
Hey Gold I was defending him. He's very young and is trying to do something difficult. Depicting vulnerable, pathetic states. Comparing somebody to Exley is a compliment.
I wasn't going to post anything, but after reading Gold's comment, I thought I should.The painting is what it is. People will take what they take and far be it from any artist to discount any viewer's interpretation or reaction. The harsh comments don't upset me, Gold. As Rainbowandskull said above, when you put your work out there, that's that.I'm happy the piece provoked such strong reaction and, just maybe, a few more people will check out the work in person, at AG, while the show runs.In short, Gold, while I appreciate your coming to my defense - and I share your preference for constuctive criticism - all's well and good...even if motels, apparently, will be paying my bills. ;)
Gold and Hungry Hyaena,Your points well-taken. Yes, I do apologizeand am guilty for having a little too muchprivate fun at the expense of the paintings postedon this blog. Most of us aren't critics -- I'mjust anothe dumb-ass blog-person with an overly-excited typing hand and no background in criticism.Be that as it may, most of the thinks that comeout onto the keyboard are immediate, oftendrunken, knee-jerk reactions anyway. please don't take myharshness too seriously -- I certainly don't.But i do realize that the freedoms that bloggingopens up to users can often be abused... asI often do just to elicit a quick chuckle frommyself... For that I apologize, and will tryto be more constructive, less sardonic.Your posts serve as good reminders thatthere are real and good people behind these screensand jpegs and paintings. And that talented painters shouldbe congratulated even for embarking upon such a career. So Congrats hyaena.
I stand by what I said - this is pop art. Is that bitter? I hope so.
said like a tru diplomat z.Pop = populist? not in my shiz-wizzle-art-historical book.
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