9/11/2006

Christopher Reiger

47 comments:

Painter said...

Christopher Reiger
AG gallery
Brooklyn

no-where-man said...

fiddling while rome burns. Shine on you crazy Dimond.

zipthwung said...

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.

here

Wrong Fox I guess.

exu said...

migraine inducing

closeuup said...

Mr Murdoch is the Fox to worry about.

http://www.foxnews.com/

zipthwung said...

foreground middleground, background.

Pop.

zipthwung said...

pop shaman

chucky said...

#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.

Cross said...

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.

Cross said...

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.

Cross said...

...sorry, I have no idea why this posted twice... once was surely plenty.

chucky said...

yawning. If he were screaming the others would be alarmed. But interesting point.

zipthwung said...

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.

PS said...

Unrelated to Christopher Reiger, but still:

Next time Charlie Finch mentions his wife in an article, I will drown a puppy.

no-where-man said...

"feel so good." it is about "feel so good" now?

christ. most art crit is shit.

cha said...

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

painterdog said...

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.

bruce said...

I honestly dont know where to start.

chucky said...

I agree with cha.

kelli said...

What's up with all the talk of drowning puppies and kitties? Has it come to this?

albino radio1 said...

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.

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bruce said...

for me it evokes a hopeful feeling that this painting will have a very short life span.

kelli said...

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

JpegCritic said...

no amount of animal sacrifice would
be able to embue any sense of purpose
for this dumb painting, with the dumb
animal stares -- I see Martin Eder in this,
Eder's dumb-cat-stares. At least Eder had
the redeeming insight to fortify his
compositions with semi-naked chics.

JpegCritic said...

well I stand corrected...

Thanks for the link Kelli.
The other work is nothing like eder. More like Muntean & Rosenblum.

bruce said...

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.

bruce said...

ugg, they are growing on me a little. Hes a good painter. I can be entertained by that.

JpegCritic said...

I'm with ya bruce. Though I do feel
bad my about my hasty judgement...
I still don't like the work (though the
oldest work pieces seem interesting).

Don't make me bring out that simpsons link yet again.

zipthwung said...

why?

kalm james said...

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.

JpegCritic said...

rome burning...
funny - i've never had any patience for end-times artwork.
End-times music, sure. End-time's literature, I'm never
left behind, man. But unless the art depicts me next to
a lamb and a lion and a hot chick, I'm lost.

JpegCritic said...

I guess that's me in the center there, yawning.
oh shit.

painterdog said...

The older work is seems more interesting to me. This one is the worst of the lot.

gazinia said...

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.

painterdog said...

motel art

camron said...

i kill people's pets and sell them to the chinese restaurant on my street so fuck you.

Gold said...

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.

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rainbowandskull said...

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.

kelli said...

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.

Hungry Hyaena said...

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. ;)

JpegCritic said...

Gold and Hungry Hyaena,

Your points well-taken. Yes, I do apologize
and am guilty for having a little too much
private fun at the expense of the paintings posted
on this blog. Most of us aren't critics -- I'm
just 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 come
out onto the keyboard are immediate, often
drunken, knee-jerk reactions anyway. please don't take my
harshness too seriously -- I certainly don't.
But i do realize that the freedoms that blogging
opens up to users can often be abused... as
I often do just to elicit a quick chuckle from
myself... For that I apologize, and will try
to be more constructive, less sardonic.

Your posts serve as good reminders that
there are real and good people behind these screens
and jpegs and paintings. And that talented painters should
be congratulated even for embarking upon such a career.
So Congrats hyaena.

zipthwung said...

I stand by what I said - this is pop art. Is that bitter? I hope so.

JpegCritic said...

said like a tru diplomat z.
Pop = populist? not in my
shiz-wizzle-art-historical book.

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